The public art project “Ai nati oggi ↗︎” (To the ones born today) created by Alberto Garutti ↗︎ has been unveiled in Piazza del Popolo in Rome on July 2nd, with the presence of the mayor Virginia Raggi and Giovanna Melandri, President of the MAXXI Foundation.

As reported by ISTAT ↗︎, Italy has registered its “demographic decline” for the first time in the last 90 years, in the meantime “Ai nati oggi” celebrate the universal event of birth, moving a sudden and sincere emotion.

The ambitious project curated by Hou Hanru ↗︎ e Monia Trombetta ↗︎ and made possible thanks to Foundation Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, the project connects the square’s lampposts with the Policlinico Agostino Gemelli IRCCS’ maternity ward. Every time the light pulses it means a baby is born: the installation is dedicated to him (or her) and all the newly born that day in the city.

Garutti, a significant public art’s representative, develops his research starting from works that leave the museum’s spaces to enter the urban landscape and create total engagement and sharing from the audience.

Pushing a button on every birth’s occasion – by the Policlinico Agostino Gemelli IRCCS’ ward staff – the lampposts light intensity will increase a bit for approximately thirty seconds before returning to its regular power. At every pedestrian entrance/exit route of the Piazza an iron plate is positioned with the caption’s high-relief:

The streetlights of Piazza del Popolo are connected to the maternity ward of Policlinico Agostino Gemelli.
Every time the light blinks, it means a child is born.
The work is dedicated to that child and all the children born today in this city.

Greta Zuccali


from 02/07/2019 to 01/12/2019

02/07/2019 at 21:00

Alberto Garutti

Curated by
Monia Trombetta, Hou Hanru

Public Art, Contemporary Art