The open air exibition ” Sopra il Sotto – Tombini Art raccontano la Città Cablata” has reached its third year of life. Inaugurated on February 24, during the Milan Fashion Week, will remain available to the public until next January. No need to buy a ticket, make a row or request an audio guide; you simply need to take a walk in Montenapoleone and Sant’Andrea streets.
You can observe the exhibition under the sun, in the fashion district, between the most elegant luxury windows.
However, don’t keep your eyes glued to the glint of the clothes in the windows, or the risk is to miss the exhibition! The works will be under your feet, manholes transformed into colorful and unique pieces of art. You perceive the influence of street art and graffitism, artistic currents born in the ‘80s, characterized by the creativity of the artist transposed on the urban fabric. “Tombini Art” is a project of Metroweb, Milan-based company that owns the largest fiber optic network, which has hired some of the great Italian designers to decorate the manholes of MonteNapoleone, for the construction of 24 works of art. Among these are Giorgio Armani, Cavalli, Etro, Missoni, Costume National, Moschino, 10 Corso Como, Prada, Trussardi, DSquared2, Versace, Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Giuseppe Zanotti Design and Ermenegildo Zegna.
Each piece is unique, hand-painted, created site specific, unleashing the creativity of the artist. Two manholes were assigned to young fashion designers of the Istituto Marangoni, Alessandro Garofalo and Saints, selected through a contest.
As the previous editions, when the manhole covers will be removed, the next January, they will be auctioned by Christie’s and the proceeds will be donated to a non profit organization, Oxfam Italy. The proceeds will contribute to the implementation of activities that will improve the conditions of about 20,000 people, with a particular focus on women in countries like Ecuador, Morocco, Cambodia, creating jobs and promoting access to primary resources. An effective contribution and tied to one of the themes of Expo 2015 “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. A noble goal, then, behind this initiative, alongside the testing of a contemporary artistic language, outdoors and free, with a perfect combination of art and fashion.