Reading the signs with Clet
When they say that in Florence art can be found literally around every corner, they mean it. During my latest trip in Tuscany, my boyfriend and I noticed that the traffic signs were a little different to what we were used to. The first one we saw was this one here:
At first we thought it was one of a kind and walked past it, but it wasn't long before we stumbled over another one, and another one, and another one after that. I couldn't get enough of them!
Back home, I decided to do some research. It turns out these creatively altered signs are all made by a fantastic French artist who calls himself CLET. Clet mainly works in Florence, and some time ago decided to 'have some fun' with the urban signage.
His work around town really stands out in a positive way. His sense of irony is poignant, but he doesn't push his weight around - indeed, his figures on the signs are mere stickers which he adds on at night, and can be taken off quite easily. In fact, the Florentine municipio have embraced his work too - not your ordinary vandal! Look out for his shop over at the Oltrarno, where you can take home with you a souvenir of his unique art.
CLET's work brings new life and character to the Renaissance streets - a rebirth if you may, for the urban side of Florence. Are you a street art lover like us over at The Anti-Tourist, or are you more of a museum lover? Let me know in the comments below!