Nico Vascellari, Saluti romani (2017)
       
     
Nico Vascellari, Saluti romani (2017)
       
     
Nico Vascellari, Saluti romani (2017)

Every day for 88 consecutive days (that is the duration of Par tibi, Rome, nihil), the artist has collected naturalia within the Palatine Hill, one for each day: leaves, stems, flowers, small insects, a pebble. Then, each organism has been hidden in a significant place in Rome: in the shadow of a monument, under a public sculpture, in the most remote corner of a museum etc., 88 different places, as many as the hidden objects have been.

On his social media at 12.00 each day, Nico has revealed the place where the hidden object could be found that very day: the person who had discovered the object by the same day, had to send a photo to prove that it had been found. In return Nico sent to each of these people, the photo of his hand that accommodates the object found: not a simple photo, but a work with an authenticity certificate that bears its value as a work of art.

Thousands of people have participated in this treasure hunt. This extraordinary performance has been the gesture of love and generosity of Nico towards Rome, towards archeology and the history of art. Considering the Palatine and the Forum itself as a space of cultural and artistic richness, Nico contacted the symbolic dimension of the monument: from the beauty of Rome he has extracted and redistributed to the city the value of the art itself which does not consist in the materiality of the object, but in human relationships, stories, and human values ​​we choose to attribute to it as a society