Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Module SIX – Chapter 8 – RESEARCH FOR CONSERVATION THEME


THE TIBER RIVER: A DIFFERENT VIEW

Some days ago I took a long and free walk along the banks of the Tiber river which flows through the ancient heart of Rome toward the sea, only around 25 kilometres away. I followed the river course from the Vatican City downwards till the Isola Tiberina, the boat-shaped island which was once the location of an ancient temple to the Greek god of medicine and healing.

Water levels were still very high after the hefty rains of the past weeks and part of the banks submerged. Stone stairs connect the bridges to the banks which run along the basis of the tall walls. These stone embankments are about 12 meters tall and were built since the end of the 19th century to protect the city from the severe floods so frequent in the past.

The river banks are a sort of separate world in wintertime. High above, the busy city life, cars, people, buses. Down here almost nobody, discarded waste of every kind, trash, old rags, pavements heavily damaged by the water, naked branches, silence. In summer things change: structures are rebuilt, damages repaired, people stroll leisurely along the book stalls and the caf├ęs.

I took a great number of photos not of the beautiful buildings high above, but of the vault of the bridges from below, of the trash, of the old food wastes, of the ravaged ferryboat piers, of the ruined bicycle path.

So this is going to be my conservation theme for the final wall-hanging, as discussed with Sian: the sad conditions of neglect of the Tiber in the very centre of Rome.

Here are drawings from some details and photos:


Drawing foto 2


Naked branches emerging from the muddy water


Drawing foto 3


A graffiti “embroidery” along one of the banks


Drawing foto 5 

Ravaged bicycle path


Drawing foto 4


Trash, rags, plastics

 Drawing foto 1
Drawing foto 7


Drawing foto 6


The multi-layered structure from down the bank

Drawing foto 9


Plastic bags trapped into the branches


Drawing foto 8



COLOUR PALETTE



From another set of photos I painted the colours I saw


Tabella colori 1





 DESIGN EXERCISE


Words suggested by Sian Martin


BW 5 BW 2
married, enclosed, rhythmical   …….. crushed, controlled, enveloped



BW 4BW 8
peaceful, soft, quiet, restful ……………………..controlled, strong, enclosed


BW 10BW 1
expelled, enclosed, separated, imprisoned ….. bend, separated, vigorous


BW 11  BW 9
frenzied, expelled, compressed ……………. bend, fast, vigorous, enclosed




Words which came to mind while looking at images collected



   BW 6BW 3
entwined, strong roots, world below -------------------------- hard and soft, solid and fluid, conflicting



BW 12      BW 18
gentle, imprisoned among branches, entwined, fragile cages --------------- gentle, rhythmical, fast, new life budding


BW 7 BW 13
confused, who knows?, afraid to get near ---------------- separated, parallel worlds, conflicting, alone in beauty



BW 14 BW 15
alone in beauty, graffiti embroidery, small world ------------- delicacy, spring coming, do not think too much



 BW 16 BW 17
layers of parallel worlds, unaware, shadow: shelter from life, arches like wombs, noise/silence, resilience strength (left)
underneath, forgotten, disrupt, crushed (right)



BW 23 BW 19
conflicting, delicacy of things forgotten, silence/noise (left)
still lagoon, softly remembering in the shade of your heart, in the warm pleats of your soul



BW 20 BW 21
vigorous, trust your strong roots, strong in current (left)
be strong when current draws you away, trust your strong roots, use what you can, do not think too much (right)


BW 22
unaware, cold and humid, winter at its end