Gallery of Roadside Art – Trentino, Italy

For the past six weeks, I have ran, trekked, and bused my way around the small villages and marquee towns of Trentino, always on the lookout for engaging visual artwork and unique crafts.

While I’m not exactly the world’s best photographer and many of these shots were taken on a semi-smart phone, I wanted to share some of the pieces I’ve seen along the journey…

From large-scale, public art:

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Spanning centuries. Stunning religious and secular architecture meet in one city block of Trento.
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Out of the ground sculpture, Grand Hotel Astoria, Lavarone Chiesa.
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Close up, Lavarone Chiesa.

To small-scale, private works:

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Heartbreaking memorial to a young man who lost his life along the road to Santa Catarina in Valsugana.
"il cavallo" - The horse, made of wood. Road to La Mandola.
“il cavallo” – The horse, made of wood. Road to La Mandola.

Murals, old:

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Gracing a home’s exterior, for centuries, on Via Costa in Vattaro.
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Powerful image in Piazza Segarina, Calcerancia.

Murals, new:

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Eye-catching marketing for the cinema in Levico Terme.
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Mural in Levico Terme.
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Colorful mural in Bolzano.

 

A rich, wood-carving tradition:

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In action, carving contest in Trento.
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In action, carving contest in Trento.
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In action, carving contest in Trento.
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In action, carving contest in Trento.
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Tools of the trade, carving contest in Trento.

The Practical:

Old school time-telling. Look for the shadow to find the hour.
Old school time-telling.
Old school orienting.
Old school orienting.

The whimsicle:

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Yard art is almost a requirement in this region.
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A roadside double-take. Be careful or you will get a lick.
Even the menu at your local pizza joint is artful.
Even the menu at your local pizza joint is artful.
Even kid art is pretty extraordinary.
Eye-popping kids’ art Vigolo Vattaro.

The Odes to Cycling:

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Sculpture greeting cyclists on the pass.
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A museum stocked full of artful rides. Francesco Moser Museum in Trento.

 

A Nod to Mining Traditions:

 

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Mining museum in Calceranica.
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One piece in a series of charcoal drawings dedicated to miners.
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One piece in a series of charcoal drawings dedicated to miners.

 

Refreshing sculptures:

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Beautiful fountains, with drinkable mountain water, dot the region. Someone left an offering…of lettuce.
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Beautiful fountains, with drinkable mountain water, dot the region.

 

Sculptures designed to make you smile:

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The Malga Milk Maiden sitting watch over the fields.
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Weight of the world, Merano city park.
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A reminder to always be alert, Merano city park.
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Also a requirement in this region? Yard gnomes!

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