Sustainable Preservation Strategies for Street Art

Acronym: SuPerStAr


The SUPERSTAR Project aims to develop innovative guidelines for the conservation strategies of street art works, a valuable cultural heritage that must be protected.

The research lines will be aimed at developing a detailed knowledge of materials composition and defining procedures and protocols for conservation, restoration and protection. The results will be supported by studies carried out directly in the field. The case studies of the project will be selected in different urban contexts in order to maximize the applicability of the solutions studied during the project.

The CNR ISPC (Potenza branch) will test drone imaging techniques, including multispectral, thermal infrared and hyperspectral techniques, for the characterization of pigments degradation on street art works.

Project information

  • Funded by: Ministero dell’Istruzione dell’Università e della Ricerca
  • Call: PRIN 2020
  • Start date: 01/04/2021
  • End date: 31/03/2024
  • ISPC Scientific coordinator: Maria Sileo within the Research Unit coordinated by Laura Cartechini, CNR SCITEC
  • Project Leader: Università di Pisa
  • Partners: Università degli Studi di Torino, CNR SCITEC, Politecnico di Milano, Università degli Studi di Bologna
  • Project website

Case Studies

Il Muro della Musica Popolare

The first case study, called “Il Muro della Musica Popolare”, is one of the 20 murals of the OR.ME Ortica Memoria project, realised by the Orticanoodles collective, represents some portraits of important exponents of Milanese twentieth-century music such as Ornella Vanoni, Dario Fo, and Giorgio Gaber. The work is located in Milan, in the Ortica district, at the intersection of Via S. Faustino and Via Rosso di S. Secondo (coordinates: 45.47213548056485, 9.241783988820933).

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The second case study, called "Necesse", is a work created by the artist Smoe, and is a tribute to all those who worked and helped Italy not stop during the Covid-19 pandemic, such as riders, fishermen and supermarket clerks. The mural is located in Milan, in the Certosa area, an area parallel to Via Vittorio Locchi (coordinates: 45.499584505889715, 9.137780351116263).

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The AirLab CNR ISPC will carry out the research activity.