Pop art pope wins graffiti game of peace

UPDATE: After being up less than half the day, the city’s waste collectors came to scrape everything off. Like two years ago, spray paint graffiti, trash and unsanitary mementos of a canine kind remain…

Screengrab from Twitter feed of Rome-based journalist @FrancoisVayne

Screengrab from Twitter feed of Rome-based journalist @FrancoisVayne

VATICAN CITY — In a clandestine graffiti game of Tic-Tac-Toe, an artistic rendition of Pope Francis turns the O’s into peace signs and makes the win while a Swiss Guard acts as the lookout.

A removable paper art piece by Rome artist Mauro Pallotta. (CNS photo/ Carol Glatz)

A removable paper art piece in the “Borgo” historic neighborhood near the Vatican by Rome artist Mauro Pallotta. (CNS photo/Carol Glatz)

Mauro Pallotta, who signs his work, “Maupal,” pasted his latest creation to a corner store wall near the Vatican today in the historic neighborhood of “the Borgo.”

The Rome-born artist draws and paints removable street art onto paper that he then glues to building walls with a water-based adhesive in an effort to display street art in a way that doesn’t damage the buildings that become his canvas.

"Super Pope" by Mauro Pallotta appeared briefly near the Vatican in January 2014. (CNS photo/Robert Duncan)

“Super Pope” by Mauro Pallotta appeared briefly near the Vatican in January 2014. (CNS photo/Robert Duncan)

The easy removal of his works, however, meant an early demise for his “Super Pope” piece from 2014.

Affixed in the same “Borgo” neighborhood on a side street, that wall art only lasted a few days when city “decorum police” had it peeled off and repainted the wall. Its mere three-day “exhibition” still attracted a large amount of international attention.

 

p.s. Can you find the “mistake” in the new piece? While lots of passersby praised the work, one older gentleman immediately saw an anomaly that I didn’t catch until he mentioned it.

 

 

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6 Responses to Pop art pope wins graffiti game of peace

  1. Mary says:

    He is on the wrong side of the steps.

  2. Mary, you are absolutely right! And I didn’t catch it because I was fixated on the game itself and my belief that the Pope’s opponent had to have thrown the game to get that result.

  3. P Kitty says:

    Pope is standing on the wrong side of the step ladder.

  4. His odd use of steps jumped out at me straightaway! But then I’m an architect…

  5. dvora072096 says:

    That’s the weirdest-looking step ladder I’ve ever seen! I’m sure Maupal is chuckling to think that we are discussing his “error”….

  6. Big Al says:

    Also the Pope’s brush tip appears black, not red, so he has lost the game, not won! Also it looks as if he added the last X after he had already lost …

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