Enhancement of the layout of the medieval walls of the city of Oristano
The sources and studies regarding the layout of the medieval city walls allow a reliable reconstruction of their progress. The project aims to make this reconstruction visible not only on paper but in the actual urban space.
The initiative aims to create an urban sign that gives a sense of what for centuries was the border that divided the city from the villages.
If this limit still survives in the isolated places that have imprisoned the curtain wall and in fact still make the walled city difficult to penetrate, it is also true that the meaning of this crossing is almost lost.
This urban sign that incorporates examples of contemporary urban graphics wants to be light, contextual and evocative.
The lightness is given by the intervention technique that takes up and mixes the idea of street graphics and writers' urban graffiti. It is therefore an ephemeral intervention destined to usury and oblivion whose duration beyond a certain threshold of years is given only by the desire to preserve and maintain this sign. The writing also transparently overlaps the road surface without hiding its nature or design.
The contextuality is given by the color of the writing whose RAL1001 is the closest to the golden beige of the sandstone, the elective construction material of the city, towers and walls. The paint used is a typical polyurethane paint used in road signs which will be sprayed using a template.
The evocativeness is given by the shape of the sign. The width of 1.60 meters takes up the width on the ground of the curtain wall. The sign is constituted by the re-embedding and reiteration of the commemorative inscription on the S. Cristoforo tower at the conclusion of the construction of the towers and walls. The graphics of the written proposed in Gothic epigraphy is paginated in a corrugated form that wants to recall the battlement of the surviving tower and probably the walls.
Along with this operation, information panels will be installed. This operation is necessary to convey textual and graphic content illustrating the ancient wall layout.