Friday, March 26, 2010

Thoughts of an Italian Writer: (1a)

Dr. Antonio Castaldo, Sociologist and Journalist, Brusciano, Italy

"A Slow Walk between Art, History and Memory" (2)

(Continued from Page: 1)

For the journey, there is food for thought from the mind of the therapist Mechthild Scheffer who says that walking is a healthy expression because "those who walk not only move the abstract thoughts in the brain, but the flesh and blood are also placed in motion, so the wisdoms deposited in the unconscious bodies can mobilize, mount up and re-emerge into consciousness." In our case we take what there is, what we suggest the immediate panorama and the historical testimonies with the possibility that we have to stop, linger, look, fix, pass over, greet, think or take notes with a renewed intention towards daily life and the urban landscape.

Exiting from the communal Villa we leave behind the monument, "Pro Patria," situated on a massive granite column dedicated to the fallen of the Great War (1915-1919) by the "People of Marigliano in the fourth anniversary of Victory." On the National, here Avenue Umberto I, is appreciated, there lived in the house of railing on the second floor of the building in front, where yellow-green flags are waving , the Lega Ambiente, an environmentalist outpost. Wandering in the direction of Pomigliano D'Arco we follow the perimeter of the Mussoliniana testimony in the architecture of Casa Littoria and then the post-unification of the Town Hall, where the year 1862 is carved on the entrance and on the facade a thanksgiving is read "The Magnanimous King/Umberto I/that according to decree/XVI of January MDCCCXCVI/it granted in Marigliano/ the title/ CITY/ The Grateful Municipality/ MCMVII."

The square below, the same municipality, the municipal tax office, the circle of the union, the eighth of June 1959, all, became the scene of an uprising of peasants for lowering the price of potatoes, their only source of income, which bought 6 lire per kilo to produce and sold at 35 pounds on the market. Clashes with local police led to 100 arrests, as well as numerous people being hurt, of which many came from the regions that we are crossing with this walk.

The first intersection bears left at the "Convento dei Francescani Frati Minori di San Vito and to the right of the church St. Maria delle Grazie, whose construction of the church, a latin cross in a single aisle and five side chapels, dates from the year 1000. It became a Collegiate in 1494 a work of Alberigo da Carafa I feudal of Marigliano, at the behest of Mastrilli, in 1633, further extended and decorated with paintings by Domenico Antonio Vaccaro and Ludovico Mazzanti. In it the statues of the Protecting Saints Sebastiano, Rocco and Vito have their abode.

The beautiful dark basalt, child of the workmanship of the lava stone of the Vesuvius allows a sturdy trample accompanied by polygonal lines that invites people to zigzag on the blocks of different sizes and recent actions of bucciardatura ensuring non-slip support for the feet.

We have now reached the height of what was the bridge above the lamentation, now covered, cemented and asphalted, whose origin is in the basin where the Monte Somma slopes in the plains. At this point memory recalls the image of thousands of kids swarming freely about on the "Day of the Picnic” enjoying to its fullest the outdoors, an event that is celebrated joyfully every spring in the grasslands. The cinematic themes of the games were copied from the westerns when projecting "‘ cinema ‘ncoppo ‘o ponte” from the room which has now become a commercial center.
To be continued: "A Slow Walk between Art, History and Memory" (3)
Translation from Italian to English by Miriam Medina
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