10 December 2019
Anamorphic works
Fiumicino is the first airport to launch an original collection of anamorphic installations

Fiumicino is the first airport to launch an original collection of anamorphic installations, a technique that, through the use of an optical effect, makes it possible to see three-dimensional objects that in reality do not exist.                                      

The works, created in collaboration with the collective Truly Urban Artists, are distributed around International Boarding Area E and one of the Loading Bridges used by international passengers to disembark. Here, you can take unique photos to share on social media. The first work installed is inspired by da Vinci’s Vetruvian Man, an innovative tribute for the 500th anniversary of the Italian genius’ death. Within Loading Bridge E31, arriving passengers will see, through an illusion of perspective and thanks to a skilful play on colours, the drawing inspired by da Vinci projected on different surfaces in perfect alignment as soon as they enter the corridor at the end of the loading bridge.

“Everyone recognises da Vinci as an icon of engineering and Italian creativity; it is truly thanks to his pioneering studies on flight and flying machines that his name has been given to Fiumicino airport,” declared Mr de Carolis, CEO of Aeroporti di Roma.  “However, not many know that the first known exercise in anamorphosis is attributed to him”.


“What better way to see the world from a new point of view if not by flying?” commented Emiliano Fava of Truly. “Our studies on the topic are but a slab in a centuries-long walkway, in which our contribution is the combination of the techniques and language of graffiti and street art. We are honoured to have had the chance to pay homage to the great Maestro, and for this we thank ADR for the confidence and Heads Collective and Merlo Factory for the valuable collaboration.”

To accompany this first anamorphic installation are  two more works, located in the International Boarding Area E and representing the Colosseum and the frescos of the Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel.

The works’ location and the spatial management is designed to allow passengers to “immerse themselves” in the artworks for a photo, which Aeroporti di Roma invites passengers to share on social media. Indeed, all works are accompanied by an explanation in Italian, English and Chinese, as well as a reference to the official hashtag #RomeAirports for sharing on Instagram, Facebook, and on Chinese social media WeChat.