HENSE : Ragusa Sun

Whether on sports fields or in urban courtyards, frescoes on the ground are more and more frequent. Proof in itself, the students of a high school in Sicily now take their breaks in a colorful outdoor space signed HENSE, a street-artist American.

The ocher shades of the city of Ragusa are shocked! Alex Brass's real name is an artist from Atlanta (USA) who has indeed decorated the school yard of an abstract fresco 14 x 45 meters made with acrylic paint on asphalt.


Produced as part of the Festiwall, an annual event that transforms the Sicilian town into an urban art center, this piece of art is part of a set of L-shaped buildings with dull colors. The work, called Ragusa Sun, is designed to be a composition from above. The choice of bright colors contrasts with the stone of the school, thus energizing the place. In the style of a contemporary Miró, the composition alternates geometric forms into a harmonious whole.

"We used colors that contrasted with the existing architecture and we were very aware of the space and scale in which we worked. " Alex Brass, artist

Hense is a regular visitor to installations of this kind since he also made a trip to Perth (Australia), the facade of a building in Atlanta or a work in Lima (Peru). If the fresco was conceived during a festival of limited duration, it will however be perennial, thus alleviating the recreations of the students who will invest it with pleasure.

Like what, a few colors of fact never hurt!

To learn more, visit the HENSE website

Photographs: Piero Sabatino

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