“Piazza Tevere” is a stretch of the Tiber River in the very heart of Rome. I’ve mentioned the much-neglected Tiber before, and a terrific non-profit organization dedicating to turning that around, TEVERETERNO.
Now TEVERETERNO has really raised the stakes, and created an incredible — and gigantic — art installation at Piazza Tevere. Artist William Kentridge has created an enormous frieze titled “Triumphs and Laments: A Project for Rome.” What is particularly fascinating is how the frieze was created: by reverse power-washing the gunk that has built up over many years on the massive travertine embankment walls that line the river. So it’s really reverse graffiti.
Kentridge created more than 80 depictions of the history of the Eternal City that stand up to 10 meters high. People are clearly enjoying this unique art installation as they walk, jog, or bike along the river.
Over time, this art will fade as grime once again covers the retaining walls. I like this idea. Perhaps years in the future those massive walls will again be a clean (well, actually, dirty) slate for a new art installation.