Contemporary art in the heart of ancient Rome
Rome is a city of water, a city of fountains. Water is the dramatic focal element celebrated throughout Rome’s public piazzas. The legendary city was born on the banks of the Tiber, the source of life and water. Today the Tiber River, the spine of the city, flows isolated and apart from urban life. The Tiber’s natural flow is confined within man-made constraints. For most Romans, the Tiber River does not exist.
Hidden within the fantastic serpentine meander, a ready-made arena awaits the public. It is a contemplative space: the current, an intangible constant, the serene silence of the water magnified by the noise of the city. Between Ponte Sisto and Ponte Mazzini, the dramatic site is the only straight segment of the Tiber, remarkably equal in dimension and parallel to the ancient public arena, the Circus Maximus.
In 2005, TEVERETERNO inaugurated a public commons, Piazza Tevere, on an underutilized, central section of the Tiber River in historic Rome between Ponte Sisto and Ponte Mazzini. The site is proposed to city, province, and regional agencies as a unique venue for contemporary arts programming to be experienced in the context of classical Rome, where free, public events can stimulate a dialogue between nature and the urban construct, between history and present.