By Bebe Leone
“Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part.” Hermann Broch
Settings: Ostia, June 2014
Plot: One night was enough to revolutionize the appearance of the seafront in Ostia, the so called “lungomuro”. A spot of light among the neglect and the concrete, a sculpture, recalling the shape and posture of the classical statues created during the Italian Renaissance but dressed with the colors of modernity, was deposited overnight, as if it was brought by the waves of the Mediterranean Sea. And as if it was guarding the city, enigmatically pointed towards the horizon, we know the marble lady was not put there accidentally.The gesture of its still anonymous creator was a conscious gesture of passion. Passion towards a place, Ostia, that reunites past and contemporary making it a cradle of arts and history and at the same time a controversial example of Italy’s urban decay. With a mysterious signature at its bottom, Aevo, reminiscent of some glorious old days, the statue is there to produce an effect: from its arms colorful ropes spread into the surrounding environment, twirling around the pier, reaching for ruins and beaches, just like a good virus carrying within it a revolutionary vitality.