Since its first edition in 2014, the Street Alps Festival has established itself as an international street art review at the foot of the Italian Alps, bringing vivid colors to the towns in Val Pellice and Val Chisone. Every year between April and September, houses in Torre Pellice, Pinerolo and Piossasco – small towns surrounded by woods and mountains – turn into the canvas of mural artists from the whole world, becoming the coveted pieces of an ideal open-air art collector.
The Street Alps Festival was conceived by members of Pinerolo’s Pigmenti association, who were able to get nearby towns on board with the project to fight the degradation issues that threaten these lovely mountainside places. That overarching mission was the true inspiration to bring the color of street art to gray urban contexts.
A number of artists are involved in the event: from Axel Void from Miami to Francisco Bosoletti from Argentina, from the American 2 Alas and Derek Bruno to Brazilian collective Bicicleta Sem Freio (“Brake-less Bycicle”), from Sweden’s Etnik to Australia’s Reka to Puerto Rico’s Anamarietta. And of course there are many Italian participants too: Pixel Pancho, Sea Creative, Vesod Brero, Riccardo Ten Colombo, Andrea Casciu, Guido Bisagni and Giò Pistone, to mention but a few.
Starting in 2018, in collaboration with “Street art Torino”, every month a guided tour of the murals will be given, highlighting the works created during the first four editions of the festival. The inaugural walking tour was held on February 18th, and included a breathtaking view of the mountains around Pinerolo. Regular monthly tours will begin in April.