For the 10th anniversary of Brescia Mobilità and on the occasion of Bergamo Bergamo Capital of Culture 2023, street art crosses the city aboard a train signed by Luca Font and a depot is transformed into 400 square metres of murals
Connessioni, curated by Emotitech, is among the initiatives of Brescia Bergamo Capital of Culture 2023 and was created on the initiative of Brescia Mobilità and thanks to BCC Brescia
Via Magnolini 3, Brescia
Patterns, colours, minimalist geometries: in the year that sees Bergamo Bergamo Capital of Culture 2023, Brescia is enriched by new initiatives aimed at redesigning the city’s profile in the sign of art. The protagonist of the new artistic incursion is the internationally renowned street artist Luca Font who – for the 10th anniversary of the Brescia metro – transforms a part of the Via Magnolini depot into Connessioni: 400 square metres of murals and, for the first time in Italy, an entire metro train in unprecedented moving canvases, a travelling convoy of art that crosses the city.
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of its inauguration, the Brescia metro thus becomes a true art metro, bringing together sustainable mobility (with its 18 million km travelled, it has saved 55 million kg of CO2) and beauty, confirming its chosen relationship with contemporary art (also present in some of the main stations).
Realised with the unmistakable style of Luca Font, with its 400 square metres of surface area, Connessioni – curated by Emotitech – tells of imaginary urban landscapes, but is much more than a simple decoration: it is in fact a metaphor of the journey on the Brescia light metro, conveying at the same time the values of sustainability, dynamism and technology that characterise this means of transport. Luca Font therefore invents an elegant iconic masking, cutting and shaping the illustrative decoration representing Brescia and its continuous mobility, through the dynamic and sinuous lines describing the shape of an imaginary bird.
Luca Font is a pioneer of the minimalist visual style, characterised by bright colours and visual impact, which has its roots in the aesthetics of great masters such as Depero. He is considered one of the leading exponents of the graffiti and street art scene in Italy and worldwide, thanks to his ability to create artworks that combine the visual language of contemporary art with the energy of urban culture. Working between his studio in Milan and the rest of the world, Luca Font has gained widespread popularity for his ability to create works of art with great visual impact and a strong cultural message.
It was 2 March 2013 when the Brescia metro was inaugurated in the presence of thousands of citizens. From 2013 to 2023, the Brescia metro has carried 150 million passengers, covering almost 18 million km and making over 1 million journeys. This is an important result, which has saved around 55 million kg of CO2 in 10 years. Thanks to the metro, the number of passengers using the entire public transport system in Brescia has grown steadily, demonstrating the effectiveness of the planned intermodal system: the increase in passengers was more than 40% over the entire public transport network, reaching 58 million in 2019, more than 16 million more than in 2012. Also in 2019, the metro alone carried almost 19 million passengers.
Emotitech is the startup based at the NOI Techpark in Bolzano, which is dedicated to creating innovative digital projects that combine creativity, experiential science and technology. During 2023, the company will test an augmented reality action on Luca Font’s work, which will illustrate the emotions of metro passengers based on data collected through neuroscience processes applied to a sample of travellers. The animations will be designed using colour psychology and intuitive movements to represent emotions in an effective and engaging way. Emotitech collaborates with companies and institutions to promote innovative urban communication projects, organising public art interventions with some of the world’s best artists.
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