Tag Archives: Garbatella

SPQR Fountain, Centrale Montemartini

I found this fountain with its traditional wolf’s head and SPQR inscription, both symbols of ancient Rome, in the entrance courtyard to the Centrale Montemartini museum. I suspect they’re relics of the Fascist era as the power plant was built during Mussolini’s pre-war leadership, and symbols of Imperial Rome were in very high demand.

SPQR Fountain, Centrale Montemartini
SPQR Fountain, Centrale Montemartini

Today, it adds a touch of tranquility to an industrial setting.

People and Graffiti, Garbatella, Rome

This series is about people, relationships, and graffiti. I’ll leave the interpretations up to you, the viewers.

Conversation, Garbatella
Conversation, Garbatella
Be Yourself...
Be Yourself…
Two People, Overpass, Garbatella
Two People, Overpass, Garbatella
Tuktuk, Graffiti, Garbatella
Tuktuk, Graffiti, Garbatella
Pedestrians, Garbatella
Pedestrians, Garbatella

Yellow Wall, Garbatella

As I was coming down the stairs from the pedestrian overpass connecting the Garbatella Metro station with the other side of the railroad tracks, I saw this scene. This is actually about repetition, in a way: a repetition of one.

Yellow Wall, Garbatella
Yellow Wall, Garbatella

There’s one lamppost, one van, one A/C unit, and one yellow wall. A series of solitudes.

Bridge, Garbatella Metro, Rome

Italy isn’t all about ancient structures – while there are historical and architectural marvels aplenty in the center of the city of Rome, modern architecture happens too. At the Garbatella Metro station, this enormous viaduct that carries a four lane road over the railway tracks soars into the sky like a giant DNA strand or a dinosaur skeleton bleached white in the sun.

Viaduct, Garbatella, Rome
Viaduct, Garbatella, Rome
Viaduct, Garbatella, From Below
Viaduct, Garbatella, From Below

Everything about this bridge was designed with an artistic conceit, even the railings that surround the suspension cable anchor points – they undulate like the bridge form itself, like a ribbon or a snake winding its way between the cables.

Railings, Garbatella Viaduct, Rome
Railings, Garbatella Viaduct, Rome

Even the safety barrier between the lanes on the roadway has been thoughtfully designed from an aesthetic as well as functional perspective.

Safety Barrier, Garbatella
Safety Barrier, Garbatella