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Fiumicino, 06 December 2019 – 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 engineer 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, already on show to arriving passengers, two more works will follow in the International Boarding Area E and will represent the Colosseum and the frescos of the Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel.
The works can be seen from 18 December; their positioning and the spatial management is designed to allow passengers to “immerse themselves” in the works for a photo, which Aeroporti di Roma then invites passengers to share on social media. All works, in fact, 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, an on Chinese social media WeChat.
Aeroporti di Roma, an Atlantia Group company, manages and develops the Fiumicino and Ciampino airports in Rome and performs other activities related and complimentary to airport management. Fiumicino operates through two passenger terminals. It is dedicated to business and leisure clients on national, international and intercontinental routers. Ciampino is mainly used by low-cost airlines, by express couriers and for General Aviation operations. In 2018 the ADR airport system registered 48.8 million passengers, with over 230 destinations across the world that can be accessed from Rome thanks to around 100 airlines operating in the two airports. In 2019 the Airports Council International Europe awarded Leonardo da Vinci with the “Best Airport 2018”. For the second year in a row, Fiumicino has been confirmed as the top-ranked of 20 European airports with over 25 million passengers for its quality of service, technological innovation, and the efficiency of its infrastructure. This adds to the “Airport Service Quality” award granted to the Leonardo da Vinci airport in 2019, for the second year in a row, by the Airports Council International World as the most appreciated airport in Europe amongst hubs with more than 40 million passengers. ADR’s management skills have also been confirmed during 2019 by the awards received from Skytrax, the main international society for the rating and evaluation of the airport sector, which verified that Fiumicino achieved 4 Skytrax stars in 2017.
Truly Urban Artists. The anamorphic art of the collective Truly Urban Artists began to take shape from the first meeting between its founders, all of them graffiti artists who have been active since the late 90s. Years of practice in rail depots, abandoned factories and suburbs led to a continuous experimentation that – starting from the early 2000s - progressively moved away from the purest forms of graffiti and street art. The collective’s current area of investigation is the abstract and figurative anamorphic art, based on a pictorial technique studied since the early Renaissance. Through the use of perspective, this art form generates surreal three-dimensional images that blend with their environment. Motivated by a passion for architecture and urban art, the collective's works are showcased on the streets and in museums.
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