Eliseo Mattiacci

Mercati di Traiano

Trajan’s Market, in the center of the Eternal City, is one of the entrances to the Roman Forum. Eliseo Mattiacci’s recent sculptures seem to have found an ideal site at this fascinating threshold between the ancient and the contemporary. The market entrance is structured like a large rectangular atrium, the two long sides of which have a total of twelve doorways leading to an equal number of side spaces. Three spaces on the right side are connected to each other by two doors, and it is here that the most spectacular installation, La mia idea del cosmo (My idea of the cosmos), 2001, was located. The floor was entirely covered with lead balls, on top of which were two large spheres and a hemisphere of aluminum, the latter apparently half sunk into the ground. The idea of the cosmic landscape—with the cosmos evoked by geometric figures such as the sphere and the circle, perfect in their

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