A bleak underpass connecting a metro station to the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in the EUR district in Rome, the kind of place often subject to vandalism, poorly lit, foul smelling and unsafe after-hours.

How to make it attractive on a low budget, without resorting to unimaginative tile cladding or the increasingly mainstream street murals?

I chose to decorate the ceiling with an abstract three-dimensional artwork: on a background luminous white primer paint, I applied, before it properly dried, a rich golden sand enamel paint. As a result it randomly does not adhere, creating bubbles that crack and then partially peel creating a complex three-dimensional hanging landscape, rich in hues and shadows.

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