Man at the EUR

Category: Sense of Place


Photo and caption by Marcos H

Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR), was commissioned by Mussolini. The site was used as a set by Bertolucci for his 1970 Il Conformista. He used the fascistic architecture to symbolize the overwhelming power of the State over Man. The massive Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana is arguably the most representative building of this style. Behind it are stairs that look like an Aztec Pyramid. I was lying down on the grass with my fellow traveler when I saw this man, all by himself, cleaning the stairs. This scene captures the fascist architecture rationale to overwhelm Man with the State's Power.

Location: Rome, Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR)


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