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DO NOT DISTURB: The complexities of Public Space in Italy - Series of three Italian Placemats - Biella, Itlay
Matthew Mazzotta 2011

-Colosseum Placemat-
(Text on placemat translated into english)
"When looking at infrastructure trends and the presence of art in cities we see that locations with more heritage tend to be more academic and more likely to invest in preserving their heritage and less interested in supporting new works of art, while locations with less infrastructure and less heritage often have more of an interest in art in their public spaces and invest both private and public money in contemporary arts to foster this."

Project description:
In cooperation with several restaurants, bars, and cafes in the small city of Biella, Italy, DO NOT DISTURB is a series of three unique and provocative disposable placemats that provide an image and text (in Italian) about the complexities of public space in Italy. Each day these placemats were placed on restaurant tables providing an immediate and visually critical response as to why Italian cities look the way they do, while provoking conversation as customers sit and wait for their food.

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