Over 400 pieces of contemporary art are hidden in the streets of San Sperate, an open-air museum that can be visited freely 365 days a year. Wall paintings, sculptures, site-specific installations--even the roads themselves are painted. The colorful landscape is continuously evolving.
It’s good to remember that San Sperate was just one of the agricultural villages in the southern Campidano (the vast flatland around Cagliari, the chief town of Sardinia) when in 1968 a political and cultural revolution started. The young local artist Pinuccio Sciola, after some inspiring international training experiences, involved his childhood friends - almost for fun – into his projects, which aimed to transform the village into an international art center. It seems like ages ago when in June of 1968 the small village was filled for the first time, with color. Now 50 years later this artistic revolution is still alive and welcoming new artworks into the streets. Every year artists from all over the world, under the creative direction of local cultural operators and promoters, reinterpret the public space with the support and contribution of the community. This mixture of cultural and artistic elements makes the village a sort of soul spot, appreciated both by locals and people abroad.