Street artist Clet has been transforming street signs and making them his artwork. As you wander Florence an ‘Angel’ may point the way or an ‘Egyptian’ help you cross the road!
For the past few years Clet Abraham has been altering traffic signs with easily removable stickers, in the dead of night, and repositioning his fibreglass statue of the Common Man on the bridge across the Arno – Ponte alle Grazie.
Clet is a gorgeous French artist from the Bretagne region, who’s been living in Florence for the past 20 years or more. He has a little studio across the Arno on the corner of Via dell’Olmo 8r and a very strong following amongst locals. As can be imagined he has been fined more than once for his street art and his Common Man was even confiscated for a while by the local Council. It has now reappeared on the bridge and thankfully looks like it is here to stay.
His street signs are clever; a mix of fun and tongue in cheek, political and topical. And they take you quite by surprise as you turn a corner or drive past. They appear in other Italian and European cities as Clet travels around, although more rife in his hometown.
Clet was touched when locals, being so fond of the Common Man, organised a petition to bring it back and a collection to cover his fine. And likewise he is very fond of his adopted city, Florence, and his art respectful, as it does not damage or appear overly intrusive, yet leaves you thinking, or having a chuckle.
“The Common Man” he said “ represents the exact moment all of us face before making a decision”….. which path to take?
Find out more about this “before, during and after Artist” and let his adorable accent captivate you in An interview with Clet by LDMnews.it
To see more, follow him on facebook and next time you’re in Florence, keep an eye on the signs as you just never know when Clet has been out!