Opera dedicata a chi passando di qui penserà alle voci e ai suoni della città

Author: Alberto Garutti
Title: Opera dedicata a chi passando di qui penserà alle voci e ai suoni della città
Date: 2010-2012
Location: piazza Gae Aulenti, Milano

Above: Alberto Garutti, Opera dedicata a chi passando di qui penserà alle voci e ai suoni della città, 2010-2012, piazza Gae Aulenti, Milan, photo by Andrea Scuratti – Comune di Milano.

23 chrome-plated brass metal tubes unravel through the four floors of the square’s architecture, linking places and spaces that are seemingly distant and devoid of any visual relationship.

By placing the ear next to the opening of one of the tubes, it is possible to hear sounds, noises, words coming from the other end of the tube, placed in another point of architecture, without knowing what this place is or where it is located.

On the occasion of his great retrospective show “didascalia/caption”, curated by Paola Nicolin and Hans Ulrich Obrist at Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea  in 2012, Alberto Garutti, artist who has often dealed with Public Art, inaugurated this work that completes the urban layout of the area adjacent to Porta Garibaldi Station, designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli, today one of the architectural land-marks of Milan. A caption engraved in the stone near the work reads: “These tubes connect various spaces and places of the building. This work is dedicated to those who, passing through here, will think of the voices and sounds of the city”.

Innervating in the cavedio that guarantees the air recirculation through the four levels on which the square is articulated in height, the tubes bring to the visitors all the different sounds coming from the other floors.

In this way, the voice of the people and the noise of the city give life to the work, conceived as a big musical instrument in the heart of the building, thus providing new sense to a service space. For the artist, the city is not only a sum of streets, squares and buildings, but above all of relational systems: it is the people who make the city. This is how Garutti himself commented on the work: “The great void that traverses the architectural space will thus become a relational device and not a separation one, a resonance box and a propagation chamber. The work will generate a sort of positive gossip, an infinite word of mouth, a metaphor for the very shape of the city and the contemporary information system”