Souvenirs are a tough business. You’re at all times on the lookout for one thing particular that encapsulates the spirit of town you’re visiting. What higher, then, than an precise piece of town itself? A model new assortment, created by Pieces of Venice, turns outdated supplies resembling jetties, mooring poles, and high-water boardwalks into designer objects, for youngsters and adults alike.
“Our aim is to keep traditions alive, and by doing so, also preserving the identity of Venice, passing on its memories by recycling and reusing its building materials,” says Karin Friebel, one of many three members of Pieces of Venice, which additionally consists of Luciano Marson and Luca Cerchier.
Items span from toys resembling swings, kaleidoscopes and propellers, to strolling canes, pillboxes and shoe horns. Their names are fairly curious, at all times adopted by an deal with, which is each a clue and an invite to discover deeper. “Take, for instance, the propeller, called Elica – DORSODURO 2, designed by Luciano Marson,” Friebel tells Lonely Planet News. “That’s the address of the Punta della Dogana, the windiest spot in Venice, so the perfect place to spin a propeller.” The space hosts the previous customs warehouse, now an artwork museum, and is topped by a weathervane within the type of the Goddess of Fortune, that spins with the altering of the winds. Another instance? The swing (Altalena – DORSODURO 3136) refers to a Tiepolo fresco on the Ca’ Rezzonico museum, known as “The Swing of Pulcinella”.
Pieces of Venice doesn’t have a correct store in Venice, however you’ll find their objects on-line. The most straightforward objects are uncooked boards to include as constructing supplies; probably the most extravagant is as much as the consumer, who can organize them custom-made. Friebel says a portion all income go towards cooperatives within the social sector, which make use of disabled folks and inmates, that usually assist in the manufacturing of Pieces of Venice.
As the trio scavenges for uncooked supplies, the rarest of all – resembling a classic gondolas or the Casino boardwalks from the 1970s – shall be auctioned, and the proceeds donated to not-for-profit organizations working to save lots of Venice, or which can be actively concerned with the area people.
It’s not only a civic act of recycling and reusing outdated supplies, and caring for the atmosphere, says Friebel. It’s additionally a method of preserving valuable recollections by way of objects, whereas spreading a way of belonging to a threatened place, all whereas contributing to the group, and serving to save a sinking metropolis.
By Luisa Grigoletta