F-lights; Projections and videomapping at Ponte Vecchio, rembering the disastrous flood in Florence

It happened by chance to be near Ponte Vecchio some days ago: it happened by chance to enjoy the projections dedicated to the Florence’s flood of 60s and stare at those symbols who were introducing the level of the Arno river during that disaster…

Ruler projections to mesure the flood' level Ruler projections to measure the flood’ level
image Santo Spirito and Santa Maria Novella and San Giovanni almost completely flood ed by Arno
image Arno’s level at Galluzzo and Gavinana (Florence areas)
Arno's level at Santa Croce during the flood Arno’s level at Santa Croce during the flood

Some of the projections were part of the popular Locchi’s archive (an old and professional photographer of Florence):

Arno's flood level Arno’s flood level
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Here you are the last videomapping images:

Florence flood projections at Ponte Vecchio Florence flood projections at Ponte Vecchio

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Milestone: 1565: the Vasarian Corridor was built..

1956: corridoio Vasariano was built

Milestone – 1593: Ferdinando I ordered to all the goldsmiths of the city to move on the bridge:

#OneNoteADay ‘Rivers of Babylon‘ by Boney M. 🌊

Colors attack with 3d anaglyphic glasses: virtual reality and mail art by Prof. Bad Trip

Firstly said, colors and lines are going to be the protagonists since they are the special guests of the paintings we’re going to see. They drew my attention since some years ago, when I firstly heard about Professor Bad Trip by looking at some cover books by an Italian write – Niccolò Ammaniti –  and still are the very core of his saucerful work of arts I was lucky to see:

Prof. Bad Trip, lesson n.2 exhibit in Rome
Prof. Bad Trip, lesson n.2 exhibit in Rome
Arte Mutante
Arte Mutante

 

The paintings and multiple installations tell the story of his life: you can see his capability to experiment with several supports and materials, as well as using combination of colors which livens up his works and make them even more psychedelic than they could be: Indian ink drawings, comics, illustrations and collages, they always present the same icons as eyes, skulls, semi-human robots, hallucinogenic views, rich and popular people, mutant organisms, meteors and alien creatures…

Bad Eye by Prof. Bad Trip
Prof. Bad Trip

The entrance of Palazzo Velli Expo:

Entrance at Palazzo Velli Expo, Rome

 

 

Bad eye by Prof bad Trip
Bad eye by Prof bad Trip

Then, his experimental works with several types of support as screen prints, sculptures, ink on paper and drawings:

 

 

Robot II by Prof Bad Trip
Robota II by Prof Bad Trip

 

Lego Robot 2004
Lego Robot 2004

 

Robot is smiling too, Prof. Bad Trip
Robot is smiling too, Prof. Bad Trip

 

Robota by Prof. Bad Trip
Robota by Prof. Bad Trip

 

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Then the series dedicated to #flowerpower 🌺🌻🌸..where the colour contrasts empower the illustrations and pictorial works:

Acid flowers, by Prof. Bad Trip
Acid flowers, by Prof. Bad Trip

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Gianluca Lerici – the actual name of Prof. Bad Trip – was – and still is – also one of the representative of Mail art, that kind of art communication which was popular in the early 60s when the ‘mail’ channel was considered a prominent way to promote arts and social values to spread one own’s work of art by challenging the regular channels – that is to say, the art the was able to propagate despite the fact that an artist was able to find a good gallery or available spaces to exhibit their arts:

Mail art, postcards by Prof. Bad Trip
Mail art, postcards by Prof. Bad Trip

 

Mail art

The state of Chaos by Prof. Bad Trip
collage by Prof. Bad Trip
Gianluca Lerici, Prof. Bad Trip
Gianluca Lerici, Prof. Bad Trip

 

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Series of works of art by Prof. Bad Trip

 

A commemorative stamp for Prof. Bad Trip
A commemorative stamp for Prof. Bad Trip

 

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Triptych - first painting
Triptych – first painting

 

Triptych - second painting
Triptych – second painting

 

Triptych - third painting
Triptych – third painting

 

Trittico Space‘ – These are one of his most important work: the triptych, the bas space, which ends the exhibit. You can choose to stare at it or live it thanks to the virtual reality app that has been developed in order to engage the audience and let them fell free to swim in it, surf it, catch all the meteors or just enjoy the trip offered by the Professor..

sculpture in the space
sculpture in the space

 

If you want to enjoy more of his works, Teké Gallery did a complete study and tries to introduce Prof. Bad Trip as his actual nature of avant-garde punk artist. Here you can find a digital catalogue, you can leaf through the pages of this book…

#NoteOfTheDay Basic Instinct by The Acid

Ducati firstly produced radio tools, then motor and motorbikes

Do you know that the most popular brand of Italian motorbikes Ducati was firstly a Radio Company?! 😳

Its name was Società Radio Brevetti Ducati, based in Bologna (which is not Borgo Panigale, but in the very heart of the city) and founded by the 3 Ducati brothers. One of them, infact, was a physicist and he firstly discovered how to connect an Italian radio station with an American one: thanks to a condenser that improved the radio transmissions, Ducati business was boosted all over the world, and they became one of the leader company for radio tools and freequencies.

Radio Brevetti Ducati, 20s' Bologna
Radio Brevetti Ducati, 20s’ Bologna

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Then our history told us about the Second World War, and in that period, Ducati was asked to produce useful products for the Army: in that moment it started to develop specific bikes, or better, motorbikes as Cucciolo, the very first one:

Cucciolo motorbike by Ducati
Cucciolo, the first motorbike by Ducati
The heart of Cucciolo by Ducati
The heart of Cucciolo by Ducati

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ducati motorbikes
Ducati motorbikes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Regina d'Africa motorbike for Dakar, Museo Ducati, Borgo Panigale
Regina d’Africa motorbike for Dakar, Museo Ducati, Borgo Panigale
Red Ducati, Museo of Borgo Panigale
Red Ducati, Museo of Borgo Panigale

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Scrambler, the adventurer motorbike by Ducati
Scrambler, the adventurer motorbike by Ducati

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The visit to the museum ended up after a tour of the industry where you can have a look to the production lines and process but it was absolutely forbidden to take pics 🙄

To finish, here you are some pics of the surrounding buildings

Ducati at Borgo Panigale, the surrounding
Ducati at Borgo Panigale, the surrounding

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Renaissance, Medici and Bargello: the #Florencetoenjoy

Marble David by Donatello, 1404

Are you wondering where to go if you’re in relax, in Florence, in a sunny day, reading that museums are free because it’s the last Sunday of the month?

Bargello Museum, Florence
Bargello Museum, Florence

…This is the solution number 1

Here you are a sort of Bargello-pictures-show with some details about its artists and scultures. Take it as a sort of tour, for those who still not have the chance to go.

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Bacco, Bargello, Florence
Birds sculptures by Giambologna
Birds sculptures by Giambologna

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Then there is the Majolicas and pottery room:

Ceramics and majolicas pottery room in Bargello
Ceramics and majolicas pottery room in Bargello
Cantagalli manufacture
Cantagalli manufacture

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Here you are the beauty accessories: the oldest bags made of pottery, ivory mirrors, jewels, chess and unbelievable staff and ornaments 😵

The very first bag made by pottery
The very first bag made by pottery
Ivory works of art used to cover a little mirror
Ivory works of art used to cover a little mirror

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The very first chess made by ivory
The very first chess made by ivory
Hamlets and knives, Bargello
Hamlets and knives, Bargello:

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Jesters sticks
Ornaments made by coral
Ornaments made by coral

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Hamlets
Jewels in Bargello
Jewels in Bargello

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Mother-of-pearl elements
Mother-of-pearl elements

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Then you arrive in the Islamic room with its completely covered walls, dark atmosphere and detailed ornaments:

Islamic room, Bargello
Islamic room, Bargello

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Islamic pattern, Bargello
Islamic pattern, Bargello

…and the last biggest, brilliant and crowded room is the main central one with both the David statues:

Main room at Bargello, with Davids
Main room at Bargello, with ‘Davids’
David by Donatello, Bargello, Florence
David by Donatello, Bargello, Florence
Marble David by Donatello, Bargello, Florence
Marble David by Donatello, Bargello, Florence

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and the heraldic lion which is located in the middle of the room, Marzocco:

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Marzocco by Donatello,the heraldic lion of Florence

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After some hours, you can also enjoy the solution number 2

Medici chapels

Inside the Medici Chapels, Florence
Inside the Medici Chapels, Florence

Here you are the Chapel of Princes where the Medici are buried:image

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The Chapel of Princes, dome designed by Buontalenti

 

 

 

 

Medici Chapel details, Florence
Medici Chapel details, Florence

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Florence Dome, Medici Chapel, Florence

#NoteOfTheDay ‘Renaissance‘ by Paolo Buonvino & Skin

 

 

 

Long gone day, the song says

Long gone day.. is the title of a great song that came to my mind after I decided to have a long long walk. This walk had to be in a naturalistic place, with not many people, towards the top of the city – which basically is a place for tourists, but luckily, they’re not so mad like me to choose the warmest hours of the day. I generally love to explore these areas with long random walking moments which last almost 2 hours, maybe more…

And I generally take at least 1 picture a step 🙌 – these were the last 10 steps, the hardest ones:

San Niccolò Tower - Florence

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Florence from the top - San Miniato
Florence from the top – San Miniato

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Florence view from San Miniato Cemetery
Florence view from San Miniato Cemetery

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Florence view
Florence view

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Go walking, sightseeing and relaxing while listening to your favourite music thanks to the playlist you’ve just created exactly to enjoy your walk-state-of-mind. Well, you can also think about your life, but I suggest not to do it too much 😜💁

#NoteOfTheDay Long gone day by Mad Season

 

Magna Greece, arts and projections of a show in Basilicata

Magna Grecia, Senise
Magna Greece, Senise

Among the variety of things you can choose to spend it’s a good choice to spend some hours doing something you always think could be a little boring: I’m talking about spending some hours at the theatre, instead of the ordinary daily routine. It has been a mix of historical narrative about Magna Greece myths totally surrounded by a modern scenery full of projections, lights, colours and fountains.

I’m talking about a theatrical pièce which takes place in a new amphitheater built in Senise, a little town of Basilicata, in the South of Italy. It’s the first epic about Greek domination in this territory that then became Magna Greece:

Magna Grecia - myths of the origins
Magna Greece – myths of the origins

Magna Grecia - myths of the origins

Claudio Santamaria, main actor - Magna Grecia - myths of the origins
Claudio Santamaria, main actor – Magna Greece – myths of the origins, together with Giancarlo Giannini, one of the most popular Italian actor

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…the story is told towards the extraordinary special effects of water and projections, and it’s about Alexios, the protagonist, who wants to travel the world and this journey will make him widen Magna Greece kingdom:

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#NoteOfTheDay Inception soundtrack: Projections

 

Say Hanbok – the traditional Korean dress

Korean festival in Florence
Korean festival in Florence – Hanbok, the traditional Korean dress

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Korean mood has always been so cute and interesting, maybe because of their hilarious way of being, colorful dresses, colorful faces, colorful dishes, smiles and quiteness. It happened some days ago, while walking down the street, that two super colorful Korean girls were inviting people to enjoy their festival… and so it was.

Here we go, let’s have a taste of their culture. The first thing to do was to choose a Korean name – kkoch was mine, which means flower – and then enjoy a tour in their arts, discovering their writing style, paintings and origamis. Needless to say, the hanboks were the top, the traditional Korean clothing often made by silk and original fantasy, flowers, flags or abstracts design.

Korean writing and arts at Korean Festival in Florence
Korean writing and arts at Korean Festival in Florence
Korean writing and arts at Korean Festival in Florence
Korean writing arts at Korean Festival in Florence
Korean writing art
Korean writing art
arts at Korean Festival in Florence
arts at Korean Festival in Florence – Korean flagship
Korean girl 🍥
Korean girl 🍥
Korean writing and arts at Korean Festival in Florence
Korean writing and arts at Korean Festival in Florence
Korean writing and arts at Korean Festival in Florence
Korean writing and arts at Korean Festival in Florence
Korean guys - paintful life
Say kkoch! Flower in Korean – paintful life

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It’s a lovely and funny people, hope to know more about them 🍥🍙🍡

#NoteOfTheDay by R.E.M. Shiny happy people

 

 

Rare red rampant roofs of Florence

Enjoy life and friends
Enjoy life and friends
That little Mosque over there
That little Mosque over there

Exclusive chances that sometimes happen. A long unforgettable moment that you would love to live for much longer, but it lasts enough to take loads of pictures and remember it forever…

Panorama of the red roofs of Florence
Panorama of the red roofs of Florence

Here you are the details of the panorama:

On the red roofs of Florence
On the red roofs of Florence
On the red roofs of Florence
On the red roofs of Florence: peace, relax and listen to the wind
On the red roofs of Florence: a drone is in the air!
Florence Dome at sunset 1 – On the red roofs of Florence: a drone is in the air!
Florence Dome and a drone
Florence Dome and a drone
Florence Dome
Florence Dome
Florence view: Santa Croce
Florence view: Santa Croce
Florence view: towards the Dome from the drone
Florence view: towards the Dome from the drone

Florence red roofs

Florence red roofs: from the top
Florence red roofs: from the top

#NoteOfTheDay Viva la vida by Coldplay

Monalisa and Berta, 2 women stuck in Florence

It was a funny discovery, it happened some days ago while I was searching for something to do in Florence – hopefully for free

So I ended up reading a city blog and, 5 minutes after, I was walking towards Palazzo Pitti, here you are what I found out:

Lisa Gherardini, Monnalisa, Florence

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It’s in Via Sguazza, the street were Lisa Gherardini – better known as Monalisa, La Gioconda, the wonderful lover of Leonardo Da Vinci was born. And she’s still there in her house waiting for being admired by the people of the world.

Monalisa, via Sguazza, Florence
Monalisa, via Sguazza, Florence

Just in front of her there’s a new version of Monalisa, a contemporary picture created by Blub, a street artist in Florence whose paintings and creations are always totally submerged in the water:

Monalisa street art version by Blub #Lartesanuotare
Monalisa street art version by Blub #Lartesanuotare

After taking some pictures, I head ed towards the second lady of Florence, the less popular one, but it is worth it to tell her story too.

I’m talking about ‘La Berta‘ whose legend tells she was stuck in the wall by magic while she was screaming at a sentenced magician to not give any water to help him. While it was happening, the magician replied that she won’t be able anymore to move her head from that wall of the tower, and there she is:

La Berta, via Cerretani, Santa Maria Maggiore - Florence
La Berta, via Cerretani, Santa Maria Maggiore – Florence

You just have to look towards the highest part of the wall of Santa Maria Maggiore to see her stuck in between of the two highest windows:

La Berta, via Cerretani, Santa Maria Maggiore - Florence

If you fancy walking up and down the city, enjoy its uniqueness and discover these little pieces of ancient arts.

#NoteOfTheDay ‘Piece of my heart‘ by Janis Joplin

The power of London

The power of London is the first thing that came to my mind thinking back to the last weekend – while I start singing…the power of Lo-ove..

London detail: street art Teddy Bear
London detail: street art Teddy Bear

The frenetical ingredient that everybody needs after a long time spent at work, and before the relaxing and chilling vacation arrives. That detail that adds a free-style mood to the ordinary life, those people who don’t care about what they have to dress in the morning or at night, and that civic-minded Englishness that each time is able to surprise you again and again.

All these facts are also relevant if you decide to go to London for some days, because your best friends live there and you need to see them after a while, and because there’s a special festival too – and finally, you also discover that there’s gonna be the Queen’s bbirthday celebration too! top.

Let’s our journey with a typical brunch in La Farola in Islington area:

London details
London details – to start a great day with a typical brunch at La Farola in Islington

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Finsbury park – tube station
London details: #findtherightbell
London details: #findtherightbell

Going towards Carnaby St. and the Queen’s 90’s celebration in almost every shops’ windows:

London details: Queen's 90's birthday celebration
London details: Queen’s 90’s birthday celebration
Carnaby street
Carnaby street

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Nice walk into the colors of the past in the city center, near Piccadilly and Oxford Circus
Nice walk into the colors of the past in the city center, near Piccadilly and Oxford Circus

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Piccadilly, Hertford Canal Union and Victoria Park area
Piccadilly, Hertford Union Canal and Victoria Park area
Piccadilly
Piccadilly
London Eye
London Eye

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A long way to the best: have a look to the next article to discover more about the London Field Day Festival and most of its protagonsists 😎

#NoteOfTheDay by The Smiths ‘Panic‘ 1986