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The space

The arcades are an architectural and cultural heritage typical of European cities, from the late Middle Ages to the contemporary. The historical mercantile model is developed in Italy, in particular in Turin. Via Sacchi is s a road with monumental arcades on the west side, built between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

Artistic intervention

‘Portici d’Artista’ is an ongoing project for the regeneration of the arcades of Via Sacchi through art en plein air, developed by the citizens' committee Rilanciamo Via Sacchi, with young artists and traders, Politecnico di Torino DAD and Albertina Academy of Fine Arts of Turin, sponsored by District 1 of the City and supported by Torino Creativa.

The first phase concerns the painting of art on metal shutters of the shops, opening on October 16, 2021. The works are designed and executed by the students of the Albertina Academy: A.Arillotta, E.Barmaverain, G.Bertin, B.Bernazzi, F.Calzolari, C.A.Carvelli, A.Gastaldo, F.Grillo, A.Pettiti, D.C. Rivadossi, L.Rosato, L.Turotti, G.Zorba.

Involvement of the community

The citizens' association involved inhabitants, exhibitors, artists and architects in various meetings to define together the themes of public art. The sketches are submitted to the City of Turin and to the Superintendency.

The work on the street and the final walk are an opportunity for an open dialogue that involved the inhabitants and the visitors of the street.

Impact on the sociophysical territory

Via Sacchi is defined the periphery of the urban center. The commercial decline has triggered a general decline, which is not only the public thing, but also the private one.

'Portici d’Artista' is part of a process for raising awareness of the inhabitants, the enhancement of the historical heritage and the cultural, economic and social revitalization.

Link to an external source of the artwork: https://www.facebook.com/rilanciamoviaSacchi/

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