Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sala Macchine

Sala macchine, Engine Room, Centrale Montemartini, via Ostiense, Roma
Sala macchine (Engine room) of the former Montemartini power plant
Centrale Montemartini, via Ostiense
Roma, April 2013

“Officially, Centrale Montemartini is a branch of the renowned Capitoline Museum - a place to display the Capitoline's recently acquired sculptures. Centrale Montemartini makes its home in what was once Rome's first electric power plant, which began operation at the very beginning of the 20th century. It provided the city with electricity until 1970. The effect of the vast space is immediate - as soon as you cross the threshold, you're confronted with two huge diesel engines that date to 1933, and across from them - sculpture from antiquity, the statues' marble garb made ethereal by the elegantly wrinkled, delicate details. You're seeing a robust monument to the era of industrialization at the same time as you are witnessing a lost, fragile world created with a lapidary precision.”
(Centrale Montemartini,


cieldequimper said...

Now that's different and great!

Dina said...

Cool. I would be concentrating more on the machines than on the statues.