“Porchetta, a typical Lazio food, ironic and mocking! Able to feed the student spirit, but also to generate confrontation. The food of opposites: popular and noble, democratic and monarchist, papal and infernal. They are the souls of a city that are sought by strolling, inquiring, knowing. Driven by a desire for discovery and real sharing. Porchetta is the food we talk about even when we eat. The work made in travertine, to take up the representation of animals typical of classical Roman art, celebrates this tradition. “This is the description that the artist Amedeo Longo gave to his work entitled ‘From the sandwich you go to the square‘, depicting a porchetta, which was placed in Piazza San Giovanni della Malva in Trastevere. A work that wanted to be a tribute to the typical Lazio product, the flagship of Ariccia and Rome, which attracts many tourists to the fraschette every year. A work that did not please everyone and that has raised a lot of controversy.
The statue created by the artist Amedeo Longo is part of a larger project than the Rufa (Rome University of Fine Arts). The university project, entitled ‘Roman Squares’, aims to enhance the “Made in Italy” in every aspect, including the culinary one, and make it become more and more known globally. This is why the idea of porchetta which, however, apparently did not convince everyone.
It is above all the people who have risen animal rights activists, who see in this work a ‘sad and macabre’ realization, as well as a ‘bad taste’. Against the work also Daniele Diaco, spokesman for the Capitoline Assembly and president of the IV Environment Commission, who even defined it as the “statue of a corpse in the middle of Trastevere disguised as a student spirit”. “We strongly support the complaints that are rightly pouring in from the animal rights world – he added – We hope that that shame will disappear as soon as possible, and it will never be too soon”. Also Oipa Roma e Lav they asked the president of the first town hall for the immediate removal of the statue, literally overwhelmed by the controversy. And today, at 6 pm, an animal rights demonstration was organized in Piazza della Malva to ask for the work to be removed.
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