Ago, Filo e Nodo
Piazzale Cadorna, Milan, Italy
Commissioned by Comune di Milano (City of Milan)
Statement by the Artists
concept began with the metaphor of a train as a needle and thread, its insertion into fabric compared to the train entering an underground tunnel. Trying this image on the site, we saw that the needle could serve as the monolithic shape necessitated by the suggested location, while thread coiled around the needle would provide expansive, active contours in space, flowing down from the top of the sculpture. Contributing to the rightness of the concept was the subject's reference to the fashion industry, for which Milan is known. The needle and thread might be seen as a paraphrase, in contemporary terms, of the city's civic emblem -- a serpent coiled around a sword.