It is Now Cool to Paint A School Building in Torino.

Il Cerchio e Le Gocce in collaboration with Fondazione Contrada Onlus

Somewhere along the way it has become normal for kids to paint on their school building.

It may be further evidence that the mural movement inspired by the Street Art movement which was inspired by the lawless chaos of graffiti is making art on school buildings cool again. Schools are typically resistant to any artistic incursion to their bland facades.

But there is a sea-change in opinion about public art thanks to the hoodlums who have been re-claiming public space for art all these years, including graffiti writers, D.I.Y. kids, punks, art school students and thoughtful incisive academics. In fact it was students who helped paint this school – something kids are traditionally suspended from school for doing.

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Il Cerchio e Le Gocce in collaboration with Fondazione Contrada Onlus. Liceo Regina Margherita. Torino, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

“The power of the students’ suggestions as well as the inspiring functionalism of the Bauhaus gave birth to the project for the building’s facade – this allowed a harmonic dialog with the rationalist architecture that characterizes the building,” say the organizers, Il Cerchio e Le Gocce, a cultural association, founded in Torino in 2001.

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Il Cerchio e Le Gocce in collaboration with Fondazione Contrada Onlus. Liceo Regina Margherita. Torino, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

They say on their website that their work is rooted in underground culture, street art and graffiti-writing. Over the last years they have brought many artists to legal walls in Torino including Aryz, Blu, Etnik, Satone, Zedz, Erosie and Dare.

One commenter on Street Art Tourino’s instagram was not impressed however: “honestly I would have expected more, and certainly other colors, bolder (such as purple, yellow, orange etc. ..) would have made the most eye-catching exterior …”.

Nothing that couldn’t be fixed by a few throwups and bubble tags, right?

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Il Cerchio e Le Gocce in collaboration with Fondazione Contrada Onlus. Liceo Regina Margherita. Torino, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Il Cerchio e Le Gocce in collaboration with Fondazione Contrada Onlus. Liceo Regina Margherita, Torino. Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Il Cerchio e Le Gocce in collaboration with Fondazione Contrada Onlus. Liceo Regina Margherita. Torino, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Il Cerchio e Le Gocce in collaboration with Fondazione Contrada Onlus. Liceo Regina Margherita. Torino, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Il Cerchio e Le Gocce in collaboration with Fondazione Contrada Onlus. Liceo Regina Margherita. Torino, Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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