|Piazza Sant'Emerenziana, 2013.|
|Franca Valeri, in Il Segno di Venere (1955).|
The piazza's engagement with public transportation continues to this day. The new B-1 Metro line runs under the piazza, but has no station there. Residents are equidistant from the Annibaliano stop to the south, and the Libia stop to the north. What the piazza got for this "service" was a huge ventilation system, right in the middle of the only section of the piazza available for socializing.
|As the shadows reveal, we were there.|
And here is where the story gets interesting. To mollify the neighborhood, it was decided to cover the huge ventilation box with grass. Real, live grass. With some kind of watering system.
Then, somehow, despite ample spring rains, the grass died, or turned brown, or both, and the box
|Spray-painting the grass green|
|Evidence of a watering system.|
We had to see this, and we did. We chatted with some folks in the piazza, who confirmed that the grass was "erba vera"--real grass--and expressed their own amazement at what had happened. What makes the story even weirder is that the painted grass looks good! Just the right color. And, even painted, it feels like grass. Nice work. Another victory for Piazza Sant' Emerenziana!