Friday, June 12, 2009

Camminando | Rome and Water: a Celebration!

I am always impressed how in Italian cities every utilitarian function has been celebrated with an aesthetic gesture in public spaces.

Drinking water, one of the most basic and simplest human needs and actions can be happen at the corner of almost every block. From the simplest and utilitarian to the most decorated almost sculptural objects, water fountains have been greeting residents and visitors for thousand years, a ready accessible relief in the hot Mediterranean summers.

drinking water in the streets of Rome...

...and in Venice

Photographs and text are excerpts from the conceptual multimedia project
“Axes Mundi: Perceptions and Understanding of Places as Intersections of Space, Time and Culture"