🏞 Useless frames
“Giving nature its deserved relevance”



According to a pleasant equation, the decrease of advertising spaces corresponds to the increase of structures that serve as a frame for the landscape around us.

Often erected in conjunction with a flourishing economic moment, I notice how more and more structures (frames) are being abandoned, in the hope of one day being filled in again.

Meanwhile, the sky and the nature occupy these spaces silently and ephemerally, without anyone noticing.

These structures (frames) do not have a generic design standard, they rather adapt to the place and the primary function they possess, be it that of a display of large advertising panels or a romantic 3D visualisation of unfinished buildings
I wonder what would happen if, instead of designing frames to hold advertising information then left blank, we would have directly design frames to display the sky.
What shapes would they have?
What size?
And what material would be the best?

Each frame has a different way of capturing the surrounding space.
This depends on its shape, size and above all the height it is capable of reaching.

One may encounter frames that enclose a field of wheat, or houses or trees or, more commonly, the sky.
Unlike static advertising panels, the content of these useless frames changes with the changing of time, day and night, creating an unpredictable and tireless language that could never disappoint.

I wonder whether these frames were designed with the knowledge that they would one day host the sky, or whether, as is likely, they were the result of an eagerness to generate a useful space to advertise a product that would over time become obsolete.
Certainly not a problem with the sky.

The location of these frames is extremely unpredictable and literally impossible to trace:
they can be encountered along the edges of motorways but also in remote mountain routes.

Interestingly, they are structures made to last: almost always made of metal and buried in the ground with concrete to make them more stable.

They remain, however, generally simple structures composed of just a few pieces, with the exception of a few whose size forces them to have a complex structure of metal tubes.

︎Exercise 01

I've spent several years collecting images of what I've learned to identify as 'Useless Frames'.

Extremely fascinated by these structures, for a long time I wondered how to interact with them.

During my trip to Mauritius Island, I noticed how the island's landscape was also defined by the presence of a large number of 'useless frames' that were located both on the edges of the highway and in rural areas.

Being surrounded by these structures allowed me to analyse them with new eyes, leading me to focus on what they framed:
the void

Starting from this reflection, I decided to investigate and transform the idea of void, simply adding a light and coloured fabric in order to play with its visual perception.

What I am now presenting is an initial exercise, on a small scale, which allowed me to understand and experiment with the selected material, the measurements and the connections with which to join the fabric to the structure.

In doing so, the structure, while maintaining its original function, changes its content and takes on a new value within the landscape and in relation to it.

The will is to translate the same language to a large-scale element, playing with different colours and shapes.

This exercise allows me to look at these structures with new eyes and imagine them as patches of colour interacting with the void.

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