Beneath the manhole covers of Milan lies a secret world where top hats rest on stands, Raphaelite masterpieces hang on walls and clocks tick away in tiny kitchens. They’re too small to be worn, enjoyed or used, but all of the items – and the rooms they reside in – raise awareness of a truly heartbreaking problem.
The tiny rooms are the work of Biancoshock, a socially conscious street artist who raises awareness of topical issues in particularly striking – and hugely clever – ways. The streets are his easels; his public pieces have been displayed in places as far-flung as Portugal and Poland, Slovenia and Singapore.
In the spring of 2016, it was Milan’s turn to experience Biancoshock’s thought-provoking work. The artist called the manhole project “Borderlife,” a reference not to international borders but to the idea of living on the borders of society.