Piscinola Scampia station, the colorful terminus

by Arianna Giannetti
La stazione di Piscinola Scampia, il capolinea colorato
Rainbow Line Terminal

The art stations of the Metro, scattered among the Line 1, which stops at Piscinola and Garibaldi, and the Line 6, all of Fuorigrotta, protect a heritage of approx two hundred compositions almost ninety internationally renowned authors. And they accompany, hand in hand, the visitor in the meanders of the earth (sometimes reaching depths of 50 meters!) seducing him with its bright colors and its most hidden meanings. In fact, nothing is left to chance: symmetries, asymmetries and perspectives belong to a studied and weighted composition, and like the lights, each wall has a visceral logic, a precise and perfect intention. It is up to us to find out why.

The stop of Piscinola-Scampia, formerly known by the name Piscinola-Secondigliano, terminus of the Line 1, which guarantees the interchange with the railway Naples-Giugliano-Aversa.

The station is built on two floors: in the upper one stands the terminal of line 1, while in the lower one is the terminus of Rainbow line that connects the city of Naples to Aversa.

La stazione di Piscinola Scampia, il capolinea colorato

The etymology of the neighborhood Piscinola it originates from the term piscinula, by which we mean swimming pool or tub, perhaps referring to an ancient plumbing installation.

However, the precise position of this tank is still unknown!

According to other theories, however, the term Piscinola could derive from the Latin pool-ae, that is bathe it and therefore a drinking trough or water tank. A legend also tells that below the Piazza del Plebiscito an immense basin of Etruscan or Roman origin is buried in the district.

La stazione di Piscinola Scampia, il capolinea colorato
Works Felice Pignataro

From 2013 the Piscinola station hosts some of the Neapolitan artist's productions Felice Pignataro, who, with his life-long work, managed to paint and color the walls of Scampia and the walls of the metro, which connect the district to the entire city. His works are a powerful cry of social denunciation, a lungful invocation of freedom and justice, a provocation that still blows on our faces today when the train hesitantly rattles on the rusty tracks. The murals he created are "utopias, mosaics in the manner of Antoni Gaudi, to give voice to the voiceless.”

"On many occasions these utopias have managed to bring down, or at least to crumble a little gray walls of indifference and show, beyond them, among giant flowers, smiling suns and moons, the horizon of a better world. "

TO Felice Pignataro the foundation of the association is also recognized The GRIDAS, group awakening from sleep, which quotes the phrase from one of the engravings of the "Fifth of the Deaf" Of Francisco Goya: “el sueño de la razon produces monstros“.

The association has also since 1983 organizes the Carnival of Scampia, with the aim of eradicating hypocrisy and illegality through the use of masks, of celebration and joy. But to create above all a community in which to recognize oneself, to build one tradition in a neighborhood without history which is the Neapolitan suburbs.

Arianna Giannetti

Bibliography and sitography

[1] www.ScampiaFelix.it Bottom distribution, broadcast the film.

[2] FelicePignataro.org 2005 official site.

[3] www.vienianapoli.com, Art Stations.

[4] The subways and the future of cities, Ennio Cascetta and Benedetto Gravagnuolo, Clean Editore.

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