David and Goliath
The streets of Valletta again this time with a twist of Caravaggio and the street artist C215
C215 or Christian Guémy is a French artist kinda like the UK’s Banksy. He recently traveled to Malta for a holiday and to check out the 17th-century religious architecture, he’s reading for a a Masters in historical architecture. He likes a bit of Caravaggio and has followed his path through some of Europe’s cities Milan, Naples, Palermo and recently Malta.
I had never heard of C215 until this trip. When I was photographing the David and Goliath post box a couple standing close by asked us why we were taken photographs of it and then explained that it was a famous French artist that had come to Malta to do them. Some people in Valletta weren’t too happy about their postboxes being defaced with a modern take on these Caravaggio works and were calling for them to be removed.
Turns out the couple that were giving us the information work for the Malta Arts Council and they were trying to get a group together to ensure that these works of art remain on show in the city. Like Banksy if these are done on something that can be removed then they are gone! They are worth that much money.
C215’s work is in cities all over the world he’s been doing solo shows since 2008 you’d probably feel pretty special if he decided to come to your city and donate a bit of his artwork for free, in Valletta’s case several pieces of artwork.
Had we been staying in Valletta I would have made the effort to find all the works, we only managed to photograph three although researching this post I’ve found out we saw another one that was on an electricity type box.
Two days later we were back in Valletta and the postboxes had been returned to their original all red covering.