«I love to walk, especially at night. In the past, I would often go downtown and walk around the small lanes, climb over some railings to see the archaeological digs at night without anyone there, reading all the commemorative plaques that I came across. I am very curious and insomnia is a great help in all this».Alessandro Acciarino walks and looks around searching for details that have perhaps been ignored up to that moment (a window, new shapes, a wooden ceiling glimpsed through an open window).
The H501 project suggests that Alessandro Acciarino perhaps also looks around even when standing still, when he is driving or when he is running to catch a bus, always.
H501 started off a bit of a game a bit to try a new representation technique. First he chose the building, the photographic campaign and the selection of the photo that will become the basis of the image. After cheating and tricking with proportions and perspective, if he is satisfied he sends the image to his partner Lavinia, who is as far removed as possible from being a visual communications professional, but if she likes it, it means that it is ok.
His first experiment was on the main monument in his quarter, in the South of Rome. A geometric corten steel composition 4 metres high, located in the centre of Piazza Cina and renamed “Tetano” (tetanus) by the local inhabitants (and by a graffiti sprayed onto the structure).
Then came the drawings on the Palpacelli water centre, the Morandi bridge on the Magliana, the Kursaal in Ostia and many others. «As a tourist guide for random monuments, I was searching around the city for buildings that had become icons of the area, not by the wishes of the designer, but for the clear lack of elements that characterised the neighbourhood, almost making the local desire for identity into something tangible».
The story has been written by Ginevra Lamberti, writers.