24 April 2010

Apricale - Art on the Walls


So often in the medieval villages of France and Italy you'll find artists in residence - their ateliers open for business as you wander the narrow streets. Apricale goes one further and features art on some of the exterior walls. The man featured in the main photograph was a well-known villager and looks quite a character, doesn't he?

12 comments:

  1. I love this - It tells always moving storys, this picture tells the storys of the people, about they life and live.
    Thanks !!!

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  2. These murals are great.

    It reminds me of Riomaggiore, the southernmost of the 5 Cinque Terra towns. It has a large mural on the side of the rock face cliff facing the main platform at the train station.

    The mural showed scenes of village life, including some men building the walls for the terracing of the vineyards, and one of the men depicted in the mural was the grandfather of the woman who was the inn keeper of the little hotel where we stayed.

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  3. These are so wonderful, Jilly. You show us these little mural treasures in the context of ancient stone and worn walkways, blistered shutters, and weathered niches. All elements come together perfectly to make these delightful images.

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  4. Yet another village I'd like to experience! Is there likely to be snow here in February or March? I'm guessing it is quite possible ...

    I find the added fingers to be a tacky distraction ... too bad someone felt the need to deface this wonderful portrait!

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  5. It makes me wonder how old those art pieces are. What wonderful streets to explore.

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  6. I just love wall art like this. I would like to see more!

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  7. Lovely!!! A charming village!!

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  8. Do visitors from "out of town" (tourists?) ever become lost in these Labyrinths of streets or walk-ways? With so many openings and possible directions . . .

    I'm sure that it would take me days to go from one end of the street to the other. Much like to old song "Tom Dooley". :-)

    Ken B. (Cool photos!)

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  9. Amazing place. Beautiful art.

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  10. Looks like the perfect place to visit, but only if you're not on a schedule. I'd imagine it would be easy – and fun!! – to get lost among all those narrow pathways. Thanks for adding fuel to my daydreams!

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  11. Avocaken, it's really a small village and you can't get lost. You can end up at a dead end, so you just turn around but basically, no it's too small to get lost.

    Chuck, I'm horrified to say I didn't notice the hand. Can't believe I didn't. Too right what you say.

    Thanks everyone for comments.

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  12. Glad you posted about these murals Jilly, they were really amazing.

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