The mural of Eduardo Kobra in Massa Carrara: does street artist have the same dignity as a Renaissance sculptor?

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The word magnificence comes from the Latin “magnum facere”, which means to do something great. There isn’t other feelings looking up to admire the last immense work of Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra. Here, there is all the projection of the artistic inspiration of a man who constantly tries to overcome, in a cadenced and continuous motion that leads him to challenge himself and to challenge against nature and reality.

The same rhythm that he uses to approach and then to move away and then to approach again, taking the dimensions, to the wall on which to realize the work. It’s a unique, particular area, you have to respect it: from its veins, it was born the Renaissance sculptural art of Italy, recognized all over the world. Yeah, that’s it: Eduardo Kobra has made his mural on one of the highest walls of the marble quarry Gualtiero Corsi, in Massa Carrara. A mural that praises the precious metamorphic rock that the Greeks called “shining stone” and that will become part of the enchanting landscape of the Apuan Alps.

A work that exudes “magnificence” precisely: ten meters per eleven that immortals Michelangelo’s David’s face. More than five centuries of history intertwining and seem to interact with each other. Street art, the art of the new millennium, asks for dignity and, to do so, compares itself with excellence, the biblical hero as he prepares to face Goliath, the perfect ideal of male beauty in art. In the place where everything began, everything was generated.

Eduardo Kobra was in Italy, last time, in Rome when he painted Malala Yousafzai, 17-year-old student and activist in Pakistan, who won the Nobel Peace Prize. The street artist born in the favelas of San Paulo swings between popular faces, activists, musicians, artists or iconic faces like the five made during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil that represent different ethnicities of the various continents, a link to the five Olympic rings . A visual union accompanied by the message that, after all, we are all one: “Somos Todos Um”. Eduardo Kobra captures shades, shadows, but what makes it unique is his meticulous kaleidoscopic use of all colors: the chromatic rainbow is skillfully modulated through textures that puzzle pieces complete the design and give it prestige, but to give depth at work is the use of shadows that make the whole photo-realistic.

With Michelangelo’s David, Kobra looks for a middle ground, a compromise: he bows with reverence and devotion in front of sculptors masters, so David’s profile is half made of his style that mixes colors and geometries, half left in black and white to honor marble and to show that a contemporary artist can also face a master like Michelangelo. «In Italy, this is a very rare mural», said Davide Vecchiato, known as Davius, who curates the “Muro” TV series, made by Level 33 and exclusively for Sky Arte HD, and which will dedicate a episode to the Brazilian artist.
«I saw an angel in the marble and carved up to liberate him», said Michelangelo Buonarroti. Who knows what to say by seeing Eduardo Kobra’s work.


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