San Vito Urban Art
San Vito Lo Capo has hosted some of the most important national and international artists who participated to an urban redevelopment project through street art.
Eight works of art, result of San Vito Urban Art redevelopment project decorate the streets, alleys and buildings of the town.
If only we were still on time by Salvo Ligama welcomes the visitor at the entrance to town. Poki’s Octopus stands out at the tourist port, while Ludovico Costa’s Beyond the Differences is located on Arimondi seafront. In via Immacolata Igor Scalisi Palminteri signs San Vito Martiri, while in Piazza Conturrana the three sisters: Agatina, Vituzza and Carmela by Roberto Collodoro (Robico) stand out. Arianna Maggio’s (Ari) Identity, at the seafront/villa Diurno, explores the influences of the many cultures that passed by while Mirko Cavallotto – Loste gave life to Il passo delle Cariatidi on Cous Cous seafront. And then Giovanni Dallo Spazio’s work at the Port Authority.
Not a simple decoration tool but a project for the transformation of public spaces with particular attention to the environment. In fact, the works were painted using eco-compatible materials produced by Airlite®, partner of the project.
Diporto Nautico San Vitese, Via Faro
Via Litoranea Lungomare
Lungomare / Villa Diurno
Lungomare / Maniàci
Porta di Città / Teatro
Lungomare / Arimondi
The artists and the works
An artistic intervention in which linguistic research meets, declining the phrase “you are me” in different languages and dialects and visual research with a focus on native plant species such as Ofride Lunulata, a wild orchid present in Zingaro Reserve. The aim is to increase the level of awareness of the interdependence between our actions and what surrounds us, from the animal and plant world to our places of affection, landscapes and cultures. Preserving what makes our world unique depends on individual and collective actions: becoming aware of this is the first step towards positive action.
Looking from a different point of view can really change things. People are nothing but the extension of nature, we are the hands through which it acts but also the hands that destroy it. To perceive the beauty, essence and vitality of the environment that surrounds us, through bright and saturated colours, preserving it from the unsaturated colour of pollution.
She lives and works in Valderice. Her love for art leads her to discover new expressions and test techniques in constant research with simple forms determined by nature. Strong and decisive colours represent her deep relationship with Sicily.
Identity and interculturality
A cultural land of great value as it is multicultural, the millenary Sicilian culture. In the majolica and laces there are geometric and floral elements, the influences of different cultures, mixed together: the culture of the Mediterranean, able to dialogue in harmony with diversity.
The alien jellyfish
Among the oldest groups of the animal kingdom to appear on earth there are the cnidarians, aquatic invertebrates with tentacles such as corals, anemones and jellyfish.
Today jellyfish has become a symbol of gelatinous sea created by the increase of temperature, that is why it has become an icon taking “alien” shapes.
Its see-through tentacles are made of plastic bottles, its central body is made of buoys, floats, fishing nets found on the beaches after storms, while its hat is made with the bottoms of reused and painted fish farming tanks. Today the real “alien” species present in the sea consists of plastic which is putting marine species at risk. The bright and cheerful colours invite spectators to reflect on current and worrying issues for the protection of our blue lung.
I think that art through installations is a privileged vehicle to spread awareness and information. This is the first step towards change, in fact the behaviour of each of us represents a single drop of water but together we can form an ocean of improvement towards a loyal vision of sustainability in respect of future generations and the marine world which is partially still unexplored and unknown.
The door to the sea (Via Faro)
Two huge metamorphic figures, embracing each other lying on the shore, are the key to the representation, one representing the land and the other one the sea; they both with their gaze turned to infinity, aware of a journey kept inside of them, coming from the very nature of which they are composed and perfected by their relationship.
What the artist wanted to represent is unity in diversity, distinction in union, suggesting awareness of being part of a deeper entire that goes far beyond tangible perception, something that cannot be embraced or rationally understood as it is only a part of what is bigger than us and that makes us bigger in the moment we get into empathic contact with others and with the world we are part of.
Identity (seaside promenade/villa Diurno)
In majolica and laces there are geometric and floral elements, the influences of different cultures, mixed together: the soul of Sicily.
He has always loved drawing, at the age of 13 he approached graffiti: a world where art becomes denunciation, poetry, style and competition at the same time. Since 2004 he has dedicated himself to the art of figurative spray: evolving, improving, acquiring more and more new forms that became more specific and detailed.
The passage of the Caryatids (Cous Cous seaside promenade)
According to Vitruvius the name (karyàtis) means ‘woman of Karya’, women enslaved as punishment for the support given to the Persians. For so the Greek architects depicted them as holding the weight of the building, to pass on the memory of the event.
Since he was a child, he started drawing everywhere. Graduated from the Art Institute, he passes from writing to poster art, developing his works on any surface and any size. He has taken part to many festivals and worked with important international brands.
The Octopus (Touristic Port)
Polymorphic and polychrome, the octopus adapts both in body and in colours to the environment in which it lives. An example to follow to be able to live in symbiosis with a place, Sicily, whose history has been influenced by rich and varied cultures.
He is a self-taught Sicilian painter who, from an early age, cultivated a passion for art.
He has often painted his idea of eternity by portraying intense and full of expression faces of elderly men and women.
Agatina, Vituzza and Carmela (Piazza Conturrana)
Three sisters: Agatina, Vituzza and Carmela. Agatina is the middle sister. She is the most beautiful of the sisters, the fashionable one. She is always told that she has aged beautifully even though she is often ignored by the locals. But Agatina doesn’t care, she’s too strong. Vituzza is the youngest, they always tell her that she has aged so much that she looks like a monster. But Vituzza doesn’t care, Vituzza is a beauty. Carmela is the oldest. They always tell her that she has aged so much that her skin looks like an expanse of dry land. But Carmela is wise, she laughs and shows her teeth… or rather her gums.
Creator of many urban and extra-urban redevelopment works. His murals are spread throughout Sicily: from Erice to Lentini, passing through Sant’Alessio Siculo and Messina.
Beyond the differences (Lungomare Arimondi)
A work inspired by the value of brotherhood, a unique tool for eliminating cultural and social inequalities that often limit the equal rights of men, women and children.
He is a visual designer with a passion for drawing and painting on walls. In 2011 he founded the association for urban creativity “True Quality” and deals with events and workshops related to the world of street art and writing.
The work (Port Authority)
In the mural the colours speak of sand and sea. Inside there are red circles and bars, crosses and columns with rhythmically alternating colours. All elements that refer to maritime signals: lighthouses, lanterns and flags.
Born in 1986, graduated in Graphics at the Catania Academy of Fine Arts. He has created many works in the districts of Palermo, Trapani, Catania and at the Farm Cultural Park in Favara. Currently he is in a pictorial project of redevelopment of the ruins spread in Sicily.
The embrace / If only I were still on time (Town entrance)
An embrace symbol of welcome, integration, dialogue and listening. The best welcome for anyone arriving in San Vito Lo Capo.
He is a painter of the sacred who has dealt with hagiography several times by seeing and representing saints with the faces of ordinary people: men and women characterized by habits, customs, asymmetries, vices and passions.
San Vito Martiri (via Immacolata)
The patron saint of the town, protector of dogs, celebrated every year on the 15th of June.
Map of the works