How much the urban landscape has been changed by images of advertisement is impressive. In the last few days a huge poster has been set up on the building which is in front of the tower named “il grattacielo di Milano” in via Vittor Pisani. The image is a beautiful, enormous, woman’s profile portrait on a completely white background. She seems to be looking at and admiring the tower. The grattacielo (“skyscraper”) is 116 meters tall and it was built between 1950 and 1955. At that time, it was the highest building in Italy, higher than the highest statue of the Duomo church. The grattacielo is the symbol of the new architectural Milanese style which was developed immediately after the end of world war II. Its design is very simple and essential. There seems to be an interaction between the model’s face and the tower. Looking at them together from Piazza della Repubblica gives an awesome visual effect.
This is a selection of shots taken in the entrance of the undergroud station “Repubblica” in Milano, which is close to the main railway station. Urban redevolpment has been obtained by painting the formerly gray and dirty walls of the stairs. The mural paintings (murales) and graffiti are beautiful. Several other subway station in Milano have already been decorated by mural paintings. Pictures were taken using a fisheye lens to obtain the widest view in rather narrow spaces.
People living under the poverty level, refugees and immigrants, street beggars, lonely and homeless people in downtown Milano
Milano is a crowded, polyglot, grossly unequal city. Many foreign immigrants and italian people live under the poverty line. Refugees and illegal immigrants croud the train stations or the streets of the luxury and fashion districts begging for money or selling counterfeit merchandise. The city is not adapting to new waves of immigrants and people tend to defend against them.