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Just Cavalli designed this manhole cover in Milan for the "Over the Under" street exhibition.

If you were in Milan for Fashion Week, you may have noticed some very fashionable street art. Through next January, a number of manhole covers in Milan’s fashion district, via MonteNapoleone, have been reimagined by more than 20 fashion houses and designers. The list of participants reads like the runway schedule, among them: Giorgio Armani, Just Cavalli, Etro, Missoni, Costume National, Moschino, 10 Corso Como, Prada, Trussardi, DSquared2, Versace, Iceberg, Brunello Cucinelli, Hogan, Alberta Ferretti, Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Giuseppe Zanotti Design, Ermenegildo Zegna.

Edited by Monica Nascimbeni, the exhibition “Sopra il Sotto –Tombini Art raccontano la Città Cablata” (Over the under – Manhole Art tells the story of a cabled city) is a cultural initiative created by Metroweb, the owner company of the largest fibre optic network in Europe. To that end, each house created unique and original pieces, hand-carved and hand-painted, site-specifically conceived and created by the fashion designers.

“The third edition of this project interprets the concept of Milan as the fashion and design capital using manholes as urban design objects, worth of becoming protagonists of the greatest Italian fashion designers’ work,” says Cristina Tajani, councillor for Labour Policies, Fashion and Design. “The exhibition combines colors and lines designed by the main fashion houses and brings their sense of style and of well made things from the catwalks to the streets downtown.”

The first edition (2009-2010) of the open air exhibition staged, or better, put on the road, in the area around via Tortona 32 artistic manhole covers made by famous Italian street artists. The second edition (2011-2012) in via MonteNapoleone has featured for more than one year 20 creations by world-known street artists, like Shepard Fairey, 

When the exhibition concludes next January, the manhole covers will be auctioned by Christie’s and the revenues will be entirely given to charity by Metroweb to the non-profit organization Oxfam Italia, Expo 2015 Civil Society Participant.


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