Internationally known Italian street artist Millo was invited as artist-in-residence in Monopoli, Italy for the 5th edition of PhEST, international festival of photography and arts – Totally Outdoor. In the past few days he painted a graffiti mural on a city wall (12 meters wide and 9 metres high) nestled among the old town, the bay and the open sea. The mural was entitled “Beyond the Sea”, inspired by PhEST’s official tagline “See Beyond the Sea”. The theme of the mural painting is the tropicalization of the Mediterranean Sea.
It is typical of marine environments to change in relation to climatic fluctuations. However, the combination of these changes with other ecological stressors such as pollution, eutrophication, anoxia, fishing pressure, and the acidification of the oceans, makes us think that the new species arriving in the seas are not the main problem: if we continue to ignore how strong our impact on the ecosystem is, there might not be any species left at all in the future. The tropicalization of the Mediterranean should not be regarded as something apocalyptic or irreversible; we can make a huge difference by acting consciously towards our environment.
Italian artist Francesco Camillo Giorgino, known as Millo, paints large-scale murals that feature friendly inhabitants exploring their urban setting. He uses simple black and white lines with dashes of color when necessary, and often incorporates elements of architecture into his multi-story paintings. In the last 10 years he focuses his production on large scale murals for which he is recognized internationally.
Check out below for more photos of “Beyond the Sea”.