Street art certainly is not something new. However, here in Florence, it seems to go to a bit higher level, in that the artists (quite talented that they are) are making copies of the masters of the art world. If you look closely at some of the pictures, you may notice a small golden metal square surrounding them. It seemed to us that these were designated spots for the artists to make their drawing. In some of the larger ones, the artist will "paint" a yellow band as a frame. The medium is purely chalk which washes away quite easily so that a new painting can be displayed tomorrow. While most of the time, we saw single artists doing their work. In some instances however, we saw whole teams pitching in to do the larger drawings. Many of these artists are students of art. This is not part of their curriculum , but merely practice. To help fund their endeavors, they all put out boxes at the corners of their drawings in hopes of donations by passers-by. They tend to spend all day creating their works. Street sweepers come by overnight to wash the streets and that is how the days' pictures are removed. It was fascinating to watch.
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.