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Walking along the great Prospect

"Walking along the great Prospect of our city, I mentally erase the elements I have decided not to take into consideration. I pass a ministry building, whose façade is laden with caryatids, columns, balustrades, plinths, brackets, metopes; and I feel the need to reduce it to a smooth vertical surface, a slab of opaque glass, a partition that defines space without imposing itself on one’s sight. [...] The world is so complicated, tangled, and overloaded that to see into it with any clarity you must prune and prune."

Italo Calvino, Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore, 1979

2016 - on going

"Walking along the great Prospect of our city, I mentally erase the elements I have decided not to take into consideration. I pass a ministry building, whose façade is laden with caryatids, columns, balustrades, plinths, brackets, metopes; and I feel the need to reduce it to a smooth vertical surface, a slab of opaque glass, a partition that defines space without imposing itself on one’s sight. [...] The world is so complicated, tangled, and overloaded that to see into it with any clarity you must prune and prune."

Italo Calvino, Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore, 1979

2016 - on going

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