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.

 

 

6 Responses

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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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