They call themselves The Anonymous Painters of Trullo, as per the neighbourhood in which they started their work. Trullo is not an elegant area: the block constitutes of several council houses built from the 50’s to the 80’s, of which most are unauthorised, and have never been looked after properly. Something started to change in 2010 with seven guys, born and bred in Trullo: they care about their neighbourhood and decided to show that a change can be made, by writing poems on the old and dirty walls of the council houses. Far away from being an act of vandalism, I Poeti del trullo (The Trullo Poets), had started a mechanism which, on the night of the 22nd of May 2014, triggered another group, inspired by the Poets, to paint the buildings with vivid colors.
The old children’s playground has been brightened up, as well as the sad facades of the council houses, piazzas and even the water fountains were not spared from a good brush of colour! It might be a little change, unworthy if compared to Scotland or Baltimore, but it is a big move for Rome. For the first time a punchy statement has been made to stop the degradation of the suburbs, showing that a change is possible.
The Anonymous Painters of Trullo, as they call themselves, work for free and pay from their own pockets for the tools. I will come more often to Trullo because I expect to see and hear more about this group.
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