Adapted from my blog: Moscerina
Quick note for anyone walking down from Piazza Repubblica to the center this week: when walking down via Nazionale, take your time to look at the lamp posts and balustrades. Looks like granny did a little stitching? No, the knitting and macramè are part of a public art installation by artist Magda Sayeg for Il Lusso Essenziale, a six-day multi-venue contemporary art show– from May 17 to 23.
Essential Luxury- the art of the artisan, in situ art installations in knitting, gardening, sound, video, painting and Smart Car. Start at the Baths of Diocletian, for video, photography and painting pieces, and a Smart Car in technicolor macramè. Decorating the lamp posts and balustrades are Sayeg’s colorful knitting and at Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Sayeg’s incandescent pink glow warms the ground level galleria. The coup de grace is the interactive sound installation at the Giardino di Villa Aldobrandini— you know, the rarely open, above-ground garden between Via Nazionale, Via Panisperna and the round-about Largo Magnanopoli, and atop Roman structures. It’s Rome’s best kept secret no more.