'Shame on anyone who can sing while Rome burns, if he does not have the soul and heart of Nero.' (Lamartine)
It was not shame that overwhelmed me when the Roman forum stood in front of me at the bend of a small staircase... It was tears. So many dramas, so many intensity, in so much beauty... I had to transcribe in my language of iron and emptiness the intensity of what my passion for our humanity had taught me.
A simple portrait, but poetic and powerful; Violent and captivating.
The different faces of Rome in this steel portrait: Ancient Rome, Imperial Rome and Religious Rome... The Colosseum and Roman Forum, St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican; Piazza Venezia and altare della Patria; The fountains of Piazza Navona... surrounded by the seven hills that dominate the Eternal City!
But beyond these details worthy of a tourist guide... We can erase everything from what we know and see only the matter that comes alive, the history that repeats itself, the poetry of forms to such a degree that we could look at this sculpture upside down!