DO NOT DISTURB: The complexities of Public Space in Italy - Series of three Italian Placemats - Biella, Itlay Matthew Mazzotta 2011
-Pantheon Placemat- (Text on placemat translated into english) "Dear people of Italy, the masters have left us in a decaying hell. We are too scared to make a move, to change anything. It is a trap. We are so cautious we have prevented our own progress and become stale, while other places around the world naturally allow every generation to contribute to its own life. We are like the child who suffers his whole life in the shadow of a father who has done too many great things and is widely admired and respected for it, we are not free, we are always in reference to him. We are struggling for fresh air to breathe amongst all this history. Oh the pain we are in! like babies wrapped so tightly in our blankets we can't move, just cry for more of mother's milk."
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.