Name: Filippo Tartaglia
Nationality: Italian
Institution / Company: Piet Zwart Institute – Rotterdam


– FINALIST of 2020 Monument Competition


With the term monument, we define a structure, a statue, a tomb or a memorial record. Literally “something that reminds”. Often the monument is made of a solid and immovable structure that lasts over time.

“MONUMENTING” emphasises diversification and meaning of opposition to the characteristics of visibility and expressiveness of monumental art. My counter-monument aims to detach itself from the classical conventions of sculpture and memorial architecture. It favours progressive and procedural instances over the rhetorical celebration,

The work consists of a cube, a hidden and impassable interior space which is made out the common scaffolding system normally used by construction workers. Inside, there is an undetermined object that can only be glimpsed from the outside through the two thick building sheets. Scaffolding is a temporary system which hides the structure that is about to be built/restored and which will subsequently be offered again to the public eye. In this case, it is an installation that will permanently cover a work that will never be revealed defining the scaffolding itself as the art intervention. It offers a transitory action that, as opposed to the traditional idea of the monument, does not define the space.
Its monumental function begins and ends in the furtive and curious glance of the passer-by.


 #Sense of belonging #Political use of public space #Transitional space #Ontology #Public interaction

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