DO NOT DISTURB: The complexities of Public Space in Italy - Series of three Italian Placemats - Biella, Itlay Matthew Mazzotta 2011
-Pisa Placemat- (Text on placemat translated into english) "Why do our Italian cities and towns look the way they do? Is it the laws and permits that make it extremely difficult to bring new creative energy into our public spaces, or is it because our culture historically believes that we do not have ownership of public spaces in our communities. Conditions such as these leave us with decaying monumental architecture that attracts tourists, quick acts of vandalism, graffiti, and commercial advertisements, while at the same time preventing new challenging and experimental works of art from becoming part of the cityscape."
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.