LAND AND PUBLIC REDEMPTION
Yourban2030 is continuing its ethical mission of emphasizing land and public reclamation by once again presenting a work of pro-environmental street art: the walls of the Gym of Legality will be given over to two paragons of artistic excellence, the street artists Solo and Diamond.
This remarkable fusion of ethical and aesthetic distinction was presented on February 26, 2020 on the coast near Rome to celebrate the first anniversary of the gym’s reclamation from the Mafia and its return to the people of the Lazio Region.
The air-purifying mural was consecrated inside the 1,200 m2 building in Ostia. And since the room is intended for boxing, who better to appear on the wall than a 4x4 version of Tiger Man—known in Italy as “Uomo Tigre”—depicting the sport as a tool for training, education, rebirth, and integration...but also as a fight against poverty, a recourse for the weak, and a vehicle for social inclusion.
Veronica De Angelis
“Yourban2030,” said President Veronica De Angelis, “wishes to donate this artistic intervention within the space of the Gym of Legality in support of the extraordinary work done here, because these are the gyms of life that allow you to escape the reality of the street. Open and inclusive spaces that welcome and save. Just as there is a Gym of Legality, our dream, and our message with this work by Solo and Diamond, is to give life to the gyms of culture, with free access to art, in which people can aspire to beauty—even those who don't otherwise have the chance, who cannot afford it. Because beauty, like sports, can speak to one’s soul and represent an alternative, real, concrete, and tangible path to changing one’s destiny.”
“I do not count the victories but the defeats that I have won”: This is how champion Emanuele Blandamura has spoken several times. “Sports saved my life, taught me to live. Sports have value—they taught me everything—and I would like this mural to speak to institutions and at the same time to children. To the institutions to say how much initiatives such as those of the Gym of Legality go far beyond sports, affecting the social development of an area and its community. And also to young people, to show how sports can be an alternative to the more destructive pressures to which they often fall victim. We must never give in to the easier choice that the road offers us, but fight to overcome ourselves...and win our defeats.”