The Shoah Memorial will be discretely housed in the space of the square between Via Carracci and the bridge of Via Matteotti without being invasive. The delicate contacts of the architectural work with the supporting surface of the square emphasize its presence leaving untouched its present state and, at the same time, the structure remains indifferent to the limits imposed by the space itself. The observers will find a dramatic and heartrending dimension in the work but, if their moods are differently prepared, they will also find a sense of magic together with an awareness of becoming.
The housing of the Memorial in a heavily trafficked area guarantees a high number of people passing by, but not necessarily visitors, so the ground space can be scattered with sitting spots in order to let them explore different points of view during their stay in the square. The shape of the structure invites to closely interfere with the sensitiveness of every person passing by it.
The architectural object is self-supporting and does not require any special anchoring systems, except some internal fixing points in the pseudo-tubular structure, which is of reasonable dimensions. Its shape makes it undisturbed by great amounts of snow or by winds, even the strongest ones. The latter, on the contrary, will induce a slight swinging and an obvious sound answer depending on the various frequencies of the winds. The structure, realised in composite materials, is resistant, light and does not require any specific servicing or protections, even if it is impossible to create an object provided with an absolute resistance to acts of vandalism. People’s good manners and respect are always the most important factors for a good and long life of a public work. The lighting is indirect and equipped with chromatic variations to be programmed remotely according to specific requirements.
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