🦿 Injured objects
“Inadverted urban shapes’ manipulation”



Groups of coloured bollards emerge from the asphalt, modifying the urban dynamics and colouring the streets with colours that are always necessarily visible (or almost visible).

They have the utility of constantly signalling the presence of a fork in the road, a pedestrian crossing or determining a space where it is not possible to pass and/or park.

Their function remains extremely variable and their shapes, heights and material compositions change depending on their positioning.

They are elements that can almost always be identified in groups, guaranteeing that they can be spotted at high speeds both during the day (hence the use of colours that stand out well against the urban ground) and at night, thanks to reflective strips.

In spite of these precautions, these objects are very often inadvertently hit by cars, which totally change their shape, making them unique objects and the result of extremely random collisions that determine new ways of perceiving the same element.

I am intrigued by the abstraction of these new forms and how they can become synonymous of time and transit of those who live the road.

These types of bollards are generally positioned in the streets, have a height that varies from 60 to 80 centimetres and are made of plastic material that guarantees lightness and flexibility in case of impacts.

They are always anchored to the asphalt by means of a base positioned on the ground and their chromatic variety varies randomly as long as it guarantees a certain visibility.

The colour and material of the bollards on the pavement are different.

They are not only a dividing element between cars and pedestrians, but also provide greater safety and protection.

They are usually made of metal and are therefore more solid and maintain a black or metal colour.

They often have a reflective band on the top.

Other elements present in the urban fabric and often injured are metal arches used as bicycle parking places.

Given their function and use, they are elements left with the colour of raw metal and are often placed in squares, pavements but also on roadsides, places where it is easy to come across and modify them by unpleasant collisions.

Below is a drawing illustrating a classic poorly executed car park from which you will most likely get an example of an 'injured object'.

As you can imagine, the ways of injury vary depending on the vehicle producing the impact and the number of times it is hit on the ground.

The variables that determine the final form of an 'injured object' are countless and often difficult to decipher.

From being a simple element used to delimit a certain space, it acquires an abstract value that differentiates it from the rest of the elements around it.

Through this analysis I can observe how time and involuntary actions modify the space around me, attributing new meanings to the objects that inhabit it.

︎Exercise 01 

I have always found fascinating those bollards that are differentiated from others by their shape, defined and redefined by some accidental manoeuvre.

Their being ''damaged'' somehow differentiates them from a clear process of standardisation that enhances the functional aspect to the aesthetic one.

For some time I have been trying to understand how I can relate to certain elements that materialise from one moment to the other in the streets.

These are elements whose value remains extremely ephemeral and whose shape may remain altered for a long time but also for a few days if those in care of the urban space deem that element useless because ''damaged''.

Trying therefore to conceive that same element no longer as 'useless' but as dense with meaning, I reason on how it could be valorised by defining an intervention as ephemeral as its presence.

The use of helium-filled balloons allows me to produce a very simple game that attempts to "lift" those now-folded bollards by giving them, if even for a short time, a different value.

I realise how interested I am in interacting with the space around me through simple actions aimed at enhancing elements that often risk going unnoticed even though they retain an interesting aesthetic and social value.

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