sanpietrino, natural materials and silver leaf

 7 x 8,5 x 7 cm

“Brick by brick” is a common saying meaning a slow way to built something. The majority of materials used to build Como city are stones and the oldest public pavement was made by “sanpietrini”, cobblestones of porphyry and marble. My idea was to create a relation between one natural stone found in the woods above Torno and one artificially cut stone of the public pavement. In Italian literary “brick by brick” means also “brick on brick”. By a simple action to put a natural brick on an artificial brick my intent was definitely to play with the different meanings of this common saying and also to highlight the subordination of the artifice to the nature.