2. June, Italy's National Day, a statue of b-actor and pop icon from the advertising industry, Bud Spencer, unveiled in the port city of Livorno to applause from the crowd. Spencer was not born there, but became world famous along with Terence Hill and a hero from childhood to Filippo Nogarin, mayor of Livorno and a member of the Five Star Movement. The initiative, which was promoted through Facebook, collected 18 000 euros to create a natural-sized statue similar to a toy from Luna Park. The online art newspaper Artribune reported this in an article where they also presented other examples, such as sculptures of favorite dogs. The newspaper saw this as a sign that populist politics has taken over yet another area of social life: public art.
I write from Italy, but the experience of a complete triumph for popular – if not populist – culture. . .
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