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Il Lusso Essenziale

Posted on May 19, 2010 | 3 comments

Yesterday I was walking by Villa Aldobrandini when I spotted a knitted web spelling out “Il Lusso Essenziale” and then I noticed a few street signs fitted with a colorful knit web on via Nazionale. This drew my attention, as I’ve seen knit street art in other places, but certainly never Rome. This afternoon, armed with my camera, I went with a friend up to the park and was amazed by the lovely scene I found. In addition to the knit adornment on the marble banisters, there were lovely garden tables, fresh plants, yarn for people to knit, and cool sound installations. Sound installations? Yes, basically these amazingly sculptural objects were strung from the trees or laid on the ground and emitted soothing noises. It was amazing how it completely transformed the park and made you want to spend hours there. The project inside Villa Aldobrandini is just one part of “Il Lusso Essenziali,” which is also taking place at the Palazzo Esposizioni, Baths of Diocletian, and Trajan’s Market. The idea of the organizers is to help people “rediscover the extraordinary in the ordinary.” I love this idea. Those of you who read this blog regularly know that I try to find what is interesting and beautiful in the things we often walk by. I think about Villa Aldobrandini. I work right near there and almost never go because it’s often a bit run down and not taken care of. The transformation of the place just with the care of a few people is astonishing. We need to learn to appreciate the things that we take for granted.

Il Lusso Essenziale runs until May 23 and there are a whole series of events happening across the four spaces of the project. You can see the full listing (in Italian) on the official website.


  1. Maybe the creator of these artefacts is the owner of this bike

  2. Haha AB, that's a great photo!

    Eryn – Thanks for letting me know. I know a lot of people to knit street installations so I assumed it was someone Italian. Very cool!

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