In the piece above, street artist Mauro Maupal depicts an unhappy she-wolf, biting her tail over the departure of her adopted children, Romulus and Remus--the mythic founders of Rome--each with a roller-bag, headed for what they imagine to be cities of greater opportunity, or perhaps more cultural depth: Berlin, Dublin, London, and Paris. (The title "esodati" suggests the artist's own, somewhat different interpretation; it refers to workers penalized by the 2011 Italian pension reform, here seeking cheaper European destinations).
|Buff baby with Mickey, by Ron English|
We would begin with the short tunnel that goes under Via Tuscolana between Via Decio Mure (on the west) and Via Lentuli (on the east). The west end features a big mouth, teeth and all, sucking in street signs, plants, umbrellas, dishes, whatever--into what used to be blackness (the interior of the tunnel is now white, perhaps to encourage pedestrians, who might otherwise be intimidated by the darkness). The artist is Mr. Thoms. The other side of the tunnel isn't quite so powerful.
|Tunnel attracts locals|
Somewhere on our trek (wish we could remember where!) we came across a large map--once apparently distributed--with locations and artists of some of the works. For what it's worth, here it is. The Xs mark the location of art works. You can also locate the works using the app: streetartroma (also listed in the app store as Streetart Rome). The app is much better than the web site, and you can use the app is quite understandable as a map - and it's in English.
|Street artist Alessandro Sardella decorated the facade of an automobile repair shop.|