Image: Marcello Melis, 2009

Wolflight

Trilogy: The She Wolf as Shape of Time

Year:
2009

Sponsored by:
The Comune di Roma, TEVERETERNO, and Fondazione Volume!

Tiber River, between Ponte Sisto and Ponte Mazzini, Rome, Italy

Dimensions:
1800′ L

Materials:
Paper-backed aluminum foil and glue

Wolflight is a silver frieze of detailed silhouettes, cut from fine aluminum foil. Historical Roman She-Wolves cross Ponte Sisto and lead the public from downtown Rome, across the Tiber River, and into Trastevere with a procession of iconic images adhered to the bridge and embankment walls. The fluid progression echoed the flow of the traffic, the people, and the river.

As the main pedestrian artery of the Roman passeggiata, thousands upon thousands of residents and visitors alike travel the path of Ponte Sisto. Wolflight animated and oriented the lively space, celebrating both the city’s past and its present, evoking Rome’s symbolic history in contemporary visual language.

Drawing upon the rich mythology of the City’s dawning on the banks of the Tiber, the work was luminous both day and night, magnifying the existing site and reflecting surroundings and passerby. Wolflight is a playful and evocative invitation, welcoming the public to the life and beauty of the river.

Project Background and Research

The design process for Wolflight began with the concept, informed by an understanding of the site. The work is a synthesis of many factors, incorporating the advice and involvement of a broad spectrum of individuals, which has included architects, engineers, historians, community members, city planners, and contemporaries. Ultimately, Wolflight strives to awaken a sense of the City’s origins and mythology at the source itself, the Tiber River, exploring time and place in relation to the surrounding environment.

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