Art everywhere you look

Sculpture Wall3 After spring break, I returned back to Rome with a fresh perspective. Before my travels, I had settled into a routine. I would walk the same path to school every day, get coffee at my favorite cafe, a sandwich from my favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant, and it seemed I was less inclined to actively seek and wander like I used to.

When I was traveling through Ireland, Spain and France — for only about 4 days per city — I had a passionate urge to see and experience everything that I could in the short amount of time that I had. For a brief moment I seemed to have lost that drive in Rome. I could spend an entire lifetime exploring Rome and still not see it all. And I guess it took a few weeks away to remind me just how amazing this city is.

Sculpture Wall1The other day I decided to wander down some narrow streets, as I had done so many times before. Rather than looking at directions on how to get back to my apartment, I decided to aim in the direction and see where the wind would take me. I climbed up a thin road towards Pamphili park and stumbled upon some interesting art. It was a whole long brick wall that was full of sculptures. It was a collage of sorts, with hand-sculpted busts, pieces of ceramics and engravings. I am not sure of what lies behind the wall, but I appreciate what I had found. I tried to imagine who created each piece and looked for meaning in the combinations.

Rome feels like home now and I love it more and more every day. The streets emanate color and there is art everywhere you look. The important thing is, you just need to remember to look.Sculpture Wall2Sculpture Wall6 Sculpture Wall11 Sculpture Wall7 Sculpture Wall9 Sculpture Wall8 Sculpture Wall12