Client / Paestum Experience, curator Mario Scairato
Year / 2017
Classical ruins are a constant and distinctive presence in the plains of Paestum. For those who look at them, the imposing Greek temples and Roman and Lucanian remains generate an attraction that transcends that they are only interesting because they are monuments: their incompleteness is captivating and becomes a stimulus for creativity.
The archaeological traces have inspired the design of a small marble object, which has the function of a spaghetti measure and the form of a fragment from a Roman aqueduct. A conception, therefore, that combines two of Italy's most representative icons - spaghetti and classical architecture - this kitchen tool measures pasta for one or more people. We have chosen marble as the material, so beloved of the Ancients who used it to decorate their floors, fountains and architectural ornaments. In addiction to Carrara White, the piece has been made in colourful varieties such as Royal Beige, Asiago Red, Guatemala Green, Tropical Rose, Sunny Gold and Marquinia Black.
The spaghetti measure we designed for Spazio Paestum is like an imaginary fragment: it reminds of the mythical past of the city of Paestum and it is an object that everyone can bring home.
The exhibition shows a landscape of stone fragments and suggests an imaginary cataloguing of unveiled finds. The scraps of the marbles, recovered from the production of the several spaghetti measures, become witnesses and protagonists of the space intended as fascination of memory.
Concept and design / Martinelli Venezia
Curator / Mario Scairato
Graphic design / Ascione Magro