30 October 2023
The mural intervention, carried out by the Guerrilla Spam collective on a significant portion of the Russell-Newton Technical and High School Institute in Scandicci, aimed at fostering collaboration between artists and young students with the goal of developing and representing a theme capable of raising awareness within the entire served community. The realization of the artwork was made possible thanks to funding from the Regional Council of Tuscany, a contribution from Publiacqua as part of the “Publiacqua supports culture” initiative, and the street art call for proposals from the Municipality of Scandicci, dedicated to allocating public and private spaces for this form of urban art.
The artwork explores the theme of “transmission,” encompassing the transmission of knowledge and wisdom, experience, and the sharing of common spaces.
The painting intervention presents itself as a long frieze that draws inspiration from the aesthetics of temples and extends around the spacious agora, embracing the eight surrounding pillars. While maintaining a visual continuity, the frieze varies in its development, centering on the theme of analyzing the concept of transmission. The artwork commences with the figure of the rainbow serpent, a mythical symbol in Aboriginal Australian and South American cultures, representing a spiritual connection to the origin of humanity, symbolizing the journey and transmission of cultural values and traditions. Symbolically, the serpent transforms into a double helix DNA structure, highlighting the conceptual link with the scientific high school that hosts the artwork and the biological transmission of information. This representation of DNA further evolves into an endless column, inspired by Constantin Brancusi’s sculpture of the same name, symbolizing a transcendent and spiritual transmission that reaches into infinity.
Stylized figures, typical of Guerrilla Spam’s imagery, are also noticeable, some depicted in groups, while others are isolated in positions reminiscent of geometric elements from Aboriginal and North American cultures. These symbols evoke universal values such as friendship, solidarity, and cooperation. Color plays a fundamental role in the artwork, using Guerrilla Spam’s characteristic palette, primarily composed of black and white. However, shades of sand and red are added, with the latter chosen to recall the color of the school institute that hosts this extraordinary artistic creation.
Liceo e Istituto Tecnico Russell-Newton, via Fabrizio de André 6, Scandicci, 50018 (FI) Italia