Italy – Don Bosco's face in the peripheries: a mural by Jorit in Foggia

03 December 2019

(ANS - Foggia) – In these past few days a blank wall of the "Candelaro" district of Foggia, near the local Salesian center, has acquired a lot of meaning and social value, thanks to the master strokes of the Street Art artist "Jorit". On the initiative of the General Directorate of the Salesian Congregation, a large wall painting of the face of Don Bosco was created, which decorates and embellishes a peripheral area of ​​the city, and which thus continues to bring the magnetic gaze of the Saint of Young to the youngsters of the 21st century. Moreover, the mural will also be the protagonist of a surprise destined to enter Salesian houses around the world ...

"If you want to make yourself good, practice these three things and everything will be fine: joy, study, pity. This is the great program which, by practicing, will enable you to live happily!" Jorit started from there, from this famous aphorism of Don Bosco for his representation of Don Bosco on the Foggia wall. As usual, before making the mural-portraits that have made him famous, the artist has in fact inaugurated the "cement canvas" by replicating Don Bosco's phrase on the wall, which was later covered by the drawing.

Begun on Friday, November 29th, the work continued at an ample pace in the following days and already today, December 3rd, it is possible to see the well-defined image of Don Bosco's portrait.

The mural created in Foggia will be officially inaugurated on the day of the Immaculate Conception, Sunday 8 December, in the presence of the General Councillor for Social Communication of the Congregation, Fr Filiberto González Plasencia, and of the Economer General, Brother Jean Paul Muller. But already before, Saturday 7, it will be the backdrop for shooting the last scenes of the Rector Major's Strenna video for 2020 - and in this way it will then be visible to the whole Salesian Family across the globe, starting from the last days of December.

Here is how a young woman from Foggia, Gessica Borrelli, wrote on Facebook, referring to Don Bosco and the mural: "Where Candelaro crosses with Via Lucera, I see you ... and that's enough to enflame the heart."

Born in Naples in 1990, "Jorit" is today one of the world's most established Street Art artists. He has matured and developed a figurative style and specializes in the representation of giant realistic portraits, most often in the peripheries and, of course, accessible for viewing to all for free: San Gennaro and Maradona in Naples, Nelson Mandela in Florence, Yuri Gagarin among the tower blocks of Odintsovo, not far from Moscow, a young Palestinian on the Israeli separation wall, and then street kids, autistic boys, are just some of the artist's grand portraits...


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