Yesterday's festival in Maderno was nothing short of fabulous. The Madonnari worked throughout the day to produce masterpieces on board and directly on the street. Children and their parents joined in art classes and chalking the streets. As the evening cooled the piazza filled with people coming to see the exhibition, dine in local restaurants and vote for their favourite Madonnaro. The winner was Mara Maga with her image of Madonna and Child. We'll be catching up with a few of these Madonnari in Grazie di Curtatone. Grazie Toscalano Maderno!
Bongiorno! This morning we're in Maderno for the 2nd annual street painting festival for the feast day of Saint Ercolano. Ten Madonnari have been commissioned by Commune Toscalano Maderno (the local Council) to take part in this festival. The surface here is definitely not ideal, cobblestones and brick pavers. The less experience artists will work on work on wooden boards, the traditional street painters will work directly on to the ground. Rather than designing or choosing his own work, Bernardo has been given an image to replicate. He and the other artists will
We travelled around Lake Garda from Salo to Sirmione in search of quality pavement. It was really too hot to work so we took our time to see what was available. We found cobblestones, wooden planks and came close to finding decent asphalt but after closer examination Bernardo declared it contained far too many stones and not enough bitumen, a bit like the surface at Grazie. On seeing that I’m sure that Jenny’s had good training on Pyrmont Bridge, her experience there will definitely be of benefit. After a long hot day on the road we headed to Ca’ Bruzzo Winery in Mon
Sitting at the airport, waiting to board my flight. Italy here I come! Bernardo von Hessberg, the man who challenged me to start a pavement art festival in Australia will be waiting in Milan. After nearly 30 hours of travel from Sydney through Dubai to Milan, I'm glad he'll be there to pick up the pieces. I called Bernardo to let him know I'm on my way and he warned me that that it's boiling hot - they've had the 3 hottest days this Summer and there's no sign of the weather cooling down. It will be a welcome change from the Australian winter but how hot is hot? Sou
Andi Mether, Chalk Urban Art Festival's founder and festival director will be departing Australia for Italy on 6 August. Each day Andi will post information and images about our journey so you can stay up to date with the 'Olympics' of Street Painting in Grazie di Curtatone. Stay tuned for more information!