Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A Monument in Milan

Aldo Rossi built this monument in Milan as a perfect cube. It sits in a square, hidden mostly by trees. The trees make it seem like the giant stairs reach high into sky, when actually they stop only about a story above the trees. The structure is very simple; three straight walls and steps create the fourth wall. On the side opposite the steps is a water feature that uses the simple forms of the beam and triangle to convey the importance of this piece. Climbing the steps to the top was very uncomfortable because of the dimensions Rossi chose. Not many people venture to the top and it has become a haven for pigeons. The placement of the monument creates a wall for the square which separates it from the busy street. While visiting the site, many people were enjoying their lunch in the square next to the monument.

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