More neighborhood mystery art

29 Jul

This just in…

And just as I was really missing good ol’ Arnold, too. I still miss the little guy. They took him down a long, long time ago but still I pine away…

What? Too lazy to click on the link? Well then!

And to get you into the mood… remember the theme song, of course, here’s a little excerpt for your reading pleasure:

ti prende il tubetto del dentifricio
lo spalma felice per tutto l’ufficio

He takes your tube of toothpaste
and happily spreads it all over the office

(You know, now that I think about it, I too have always wanted to take a tube of toothpaste, Crest perhaps, and happily spread it all over an office. But wait, that was supposed to be a secret…)

OMG, please stop me before I run completely off the rails here. Baby brain. Thank you folks, I’ll be here allllll week!!!

So, Arnold, people, here he is:

But that is not the topic of today’s post, no, no, no, it was just a trip down memory lane.

TODAY I have something completely esoteric for you.

Via della Luce.

“The Way of the Light”

Ok, techinically I supposed it’s “Light Street” but I just think “The Way of the Light” has such a snappy new-age ring to it. But truly the most esoteric thing about Via della Luce is the Biscottifico Innocenti, GOD BLESS Innocenti. It used to be famous for the gruff woman who ran the place, but she passed away and now her sweet, sweet daughter runs the shop. I bring Vincenzo by just to say hi to her. And somehow I end up buying a bag of cookies *completely against my will.* But I digress.

Here’s the deal. Some little dude is now pointing to the street sign, and next to him they glued a half-page definition of the word “light.”

I’m so digging this. I think an angel came down last night and magically attached it to the building.

Hence, grand mystery. Do you think it was the puppazzaro? You know, it might have been. I’m sure he’s responsible for many a neighborhood mystery.


8 Responses to “More neighborhood mystery art”

  1. Jaime July 29, 2008 at 6:44 pm #

    I so enjoy your posts! These mysterious little art-pieces are one of the things that I think make Rome such an exciting place to live. It seems that while the big things (architecture, for example) don’t really change that much, little things pop up new every day! I spent 3 months in Rome this spring, and discovered your blog during my last few weeks there (as I was pining for a way to either stay, or at least stay connected to Italy) Thanks for writing!
    Jaime- Portland, OR

  2. sunnyinspiration July 29, 2008 at 9:03 pm #

    I always enjoy your blog. 🙂

  3. Chrissie July 29, 2008 at 10:14 pm #

    How can you stand to leave this place? We just can’t provide anything like this here (even on the east coast).

  4. janavi July 29, 2008 at 10:57 pm #

    I don’t know how you can bear to leave either. The little guy kind of reminds me of Mussolini-sono pazza?

  5. jesse July 30, 2008 at 8:02 am #

    In response to Chrissie’s comment: Have you ever been to New York City? Street art (in all its forms- graffiti, stencil, etc) pretty much originated there and has been spread worldwide since.
    Sorry, but this type of street art is not native to Rome nor is it unique to Rome. If you speak to any of the Roman street artists, they themselves will tell you where they gather inspiration from… ABROAD.

  6. Francesca Maggi July 30, 2008 at 12:57 pm #

    I love the Arnold I-spy…But, can’t they post a note as to what it is with him? Was he that big of a TV star here in the 70s??? Love love love it!

  7. janavi July 30, 2008 at 7:16 pm #

    Jesse is right about NYC- there’s a lot of sreet art. There is a guy who has been doing mosaics from broken plates for about 25 years.

  8. sandrar September 10, 2009 at 2:42 pm #

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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