📍 Rome 📍 Pesaro
📆 1960s onwards
Pass through any industrial Italian town and you might notice an imposing structure in the middle of a roundabout. Often celebrating the local export, it could be a boy holding a fish, a precariously balanced car, or even a giant bunch of grapes!
But there are those who have mastered the art of the impressive inner city sculpture. Those like Arnaldo Pomodoro.
His ‘Sphere Within Sphere’ series can be seen throughout the world, from the UN headquarters in New York to Tel Aviv University. But of course, the pictures you see here can be found in Italy. Namely Rome & Pesaro.
The sculptures are made up of two spheres, the inner representing the Earth and the outer representing Christianity. The exposed gears of a complicated machine symbolises the world’s fragility and the complexity.
The striking thing about these sculptures is the context. They seem to have been transported to their location from another world, almost like a meteorite or a spacecraft.
So the next time you see a strange monument in your town, try and find out what it means!