Wrapped Monuments

Milan, 1970


The monument to the king of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II, on Piazza del Duomo, and the monument to Leonardo da Vinci, on Piazza della Scala, were wrapped with polypropylene fabric and red polypropylene rope, in the fall of 1970, in Milan, Italy.

The fabric had been sewn beforehand according to patterns allowing ample folds. The two wrapped monuments could be seen from the center of the Galleria, simultaneously, at each extremity of the nineteenth-century grand vaulted pedestrian shopping passageway. The monument to Vittorio Emanuele II projected in front of the late fourteenth-century cathedral, the Duomo, while the monument to Leonardo da Vinci was situated in front of the eighteenth-century La Scala theater and the Milan City Hall.

All expenses were borne by the artists.

The Wrapped Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II remained for two days, while the Wrapped Monument to Leonardo da Vinci remained for one week.