Urban Penguins

Pao Penguin Kaleidoscope Little known fact: penguins are native to the city of Milan.

Well, ok, not real penguins, but urban ones!

The Milanese street artist Pao is famous for spray-painting adorable little blue penguins all over Milan. The dome-shaped cement blocks, used for keeping cars from driving up on the sidewalk (even though Italians find a way up on them anyway), are transformed into something much cuter!

Pao Penguin in Via Tortona, Milan

The penguins have become considered Pao’s “classic” street art examples, at least in my mind, but he also does other characters and forms of art like paintings, sculptures, and graffiti murals.

The courtyard of Wow Spazio Fumetto in Milan

The courtyard of Wow Spazio Fumetto, Milan

My own lil’ Pao Penguin

I really enjoy seeing  Pao’s artwork all over town, and I’ve even picked up a mini penguin replica for my apartment. I think it’s  fun and colorful, plus I’m supporting local art!

I’m  curious to know which of the 4 Pao creations above, you guys think is the best one. My vote def goes to Penguin! Let me know in the survey here below!

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8 thoughts on “Urban Penguins

  1. I love street art like this Garrett!!! Especially when it starts to weather a bit and really belong, if you know what I mean. Can’t go past the original so Penguin got my vote. I will definitely look out for him when I’m next in town. ;-)

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