“Sweet home” by Nello Petrucci in Pompeii, Italy

Nello Petrucci

Street art in the time of coronavirus gets involved into the communication of social and positive messages. Undoubtedly, public art has a main role to talk with a wider audience: it uses a simple media because it is made by images and it is accesible to everyone because it is created in the streets.

Italian artist Nello Petrucci is aware of the important art’s purpose so he works with that to spread a clear message to the whole community. As a result, in Pompeii, on the night between 10th and 11th of March, close to La Cartiera shopping center, he features the iconic image of the most famous American family: The Simpsons. Homer, Marge and their children Bart, Lisa and Maggie are portrayed in their typical activity: sitting all together in front of a television. But, the only difference from the classic shape is that they are wearing a face mask to link to the emergency of Covid-19. In particular, Petrucci gives a visual sign, representing the Simpsons sitting on the sofa and watching the TV, suggesting what everyone should do and also, he highlights the message writing “stay home” on the side. In fact, as the same artist pointed out:

Through art we invite everyone to stay at home to fight the coronavirus emergency and stop the infection. Cartoons and satire must not necessarily be used to ridicule the problem, but also to send positive message though a pop language that all can understand.


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