Climbing the walls in Florence

Bagni di Lucca and Beyond

When I was in Florence recently I wandered absent mindedly into the Vicolo dell’Oro, not far from the Ponte Vecchio.

I looked up to see these creatures scaling the walls.

Vicolo dell'Oro Florence

There was a sign describing the art installation on the window of the Farmacia Ponte Vecchio…

It was commissioned by the Gallery Art Hotel and created by artist and architect Simone D’Auria as a tribute to the city of Florence in beautifying this tiny and precious square.

Vicolo dell'Oro Florence

The work of art represents an imaginary world populated by white creatures with a human body and the head of an animal.

18 creatures with almost identical bodies, but with different animal heads, animate the Vicolo dell’Oro, climbing the facade of the Gallery Art Hotel, hovering in the air like trapeze artists between the Lungarno Collection hotel, stopping as curious spectators in front of the Leica store.

Vitolo dell'Oro Florence

Vicolo dell'Oro Florence

Vicolo dell'Oro Florence

Vicolo dell'Oro Florence

Vicolo dell'Oro Florence

Vicolo dell'Oro Florence

The rhino represents Alessandro de…

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