Etihad Airways and Alitalia are the major sponsors of "Triumphs and Laments", a contemporary art project to celebrate Rome’s unique story through an iconographic sequence realized by the contemporary South African artist William Kentridge in collaboration with the globally renowned visual artist Kristin Jones, founder of the cultural association TEVERETERNO.
Triumphs and Laments consists of a half kilometre-long and 13 metre high frieze in the section of the Tiber’s footbridge between Ponte Sisto and Ponte Mazzini: 80 silhouettes, chosen and designed by Kentridge, will represent the greatest triumphs and the biggest laments of the Italian capital from the past to present days. The images will be realized through an innovative technique implemented by Kentridge: silhouettes will be designed on the Tiber’s travertine walls through the simple cleaning of the biological patina accumulated over the years. Stencils created by the artist and a strong water injection are the only elements used in the creation of the frieze, in a suggestive light and shade artwork.
William Kentridge’s artwork will belong to the city, changing the landscape in a natural way for a few years: an artistic and valuable project for all citizens and tourists of the “Eternal City”.
Etihad Airways and Alitalia are delighted to sponsor this project which sees Rome and one of its most famous icons - the Tiber – as protagonists. Rome is the Italian capital but also the capital of Italy over the world, and one of the world’s leading cities in the international artistic-cultural scene.
Rome is also headquarters and operational centre for both Alitalia and Etihad Airways, and the hub linking Italy with more than 500 destinations around the world.
The opening event is scheduled on the occasion of “Rome's foundation anniversary”, and includes a theatrical event created in collaboration with the composer Philip Miller: a live shadow play and two processional bands will perform against the backdrop of the frieze. Over 200 volunteers will join this multi-cultural ensemble, creating a spectacular procession animating the work.