It happens at night. When everyone’s asleep, somebody wanders the streets of Turin to give a touch of color: pink. Around the streets of the capital of Piedmont, since a few weeks, objects appear colored in a bright pink. Phone boots, benches, fountains, mailboxes and the list goes on. It’s impossible not to notice them.
When And Where Did It Start
The attacks of vandalism have started in Piazza Madama Cristina at the beginning of March. Then, they moved into the south part of San Salvario. Now, almost in every part of Turin you can see objects coloured in pink.
Who’s Behind It
Who’s behind the acts remains a mystery, as the motives that pushes him, her or them to do it. The Press called the author Mister Pink, but it could also be Miss Pink or a group of people. Or it could even be that the author of the first piece doesn’t have anything to do with the others.
Even if we don’t know for sure who did it, there are a few theories. At first, people believed it was done by young people that took part in the demonstration of May the 1st, and some still believe that. Others believe it to be a publicity stunt to sponsor the “Giro d’Italia”. Another theory sees it to be a feminist protest, supported by the fact that the city is not opposed to pink on special occasions. For example, on the 8th of March, the Mole Antonelliana was illuminated with that color.
Other people believe that the author was inspired by the person who painted the mermaid of Copenhagen in 2006 to protest.
My guess is that the vandal is a student at the University of Turin. Do I have proofs? No, but what I know is that the acts started in San Salvario, which is a quarter of Turin where students usually go to have fun at night. Then another pink fountain was spotted in front of the University. Seems like they are targeting zones that uni students frequent.
Another Mystery For Turin
Not all people likes these changes: some considers them pure vandalism to condemn, while others a pacific protest.
Whoever’s responsible, for sure is letting others talk about them and it enhance the aura of mystery behind the situation.
Turin isn’t certainly a stranger to mystery, the city is well known for its stories about magic. The story of the city in pink, could become another myth to add to the list, at least, until everything comes back to it’s original color.