The goal of the course was to create a physical installation that included the use of light and was actually feasible. We were then given a location
- a particular spot in Verona -, a date and carte blanche for the realization. The result is Re-ficio, an interactive installation that brings back to life Porta Leoni,
a monument that today is little valued but with great potential.
Thanks to a modular structure, the project has a double face: during the day it gives power and monumentality to the place, at night it becomes a projection canvas for an interactive installation in which the public is invited to participate.
Following an in-depth historiographical, geographical and touristic research, it was understood what led Porta Leoni to be so devalued. In fact, the problem lay in the fact that its function as a gate no longer exists, since it is part of a building. In this way it has lost the centrality that made it a fundamental junction of Roman Verona, becoming only a small monument of little importance. The physical reconstruction was therefore essential to relaunch Porta Leoni, and for this reason we decided to use a modular system that would allow the creation of a light and aesthetically pleasing structure.
Through the use of tulle, the projected interaction takes on a multi-layered aesthetic that enhances the depth and physical form of the door. What is projected is the result of the interaction with the public, called to shape the new identity of Porta Leoni with messages and phrases digitally engraved on the new monument.
Users can access the web app through the numerous Call To Action placed on the site. Once on the platform, they are asked for a nickname and to choose a color, and then are randomly assigned a portion of the door.
Here they can leave messages, drawings or thoughts, which are then projected on the monuments, thus converting what could be an act of vandalism into something instead artistic and unique.