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Che cosa succede nelle stanze quando gli
uomini se ne vanno?,
2000-2004, Installation im Pac Milano
Photos: Mario Tedeschi , © Alberto Garutti

Another important aspect of Garutti's artwork will not be apparent to most of the employees. The strange surface impression of the benches is the result of a special paint. This paint phosphorizes; in other words, it absorbs light during the day and emits it when it gets dark. At night the benches are dimly illuminated by a ghostly, yellowish light, which, however, is only seen – if at all – by a temporary watchman. The title of the work tells the tale: What happens in spaces when everyone has left them is an artwork whose purported meaning ultimately cannot be confirmed by any viewer because it only exists in his imagination.

"I think of different areas of the bank after the people have left them", says Garutti about his work. "I imagined the furniture and objects seeing daylight and night light, hearing noise and sounds coming from neighboring areas or hearing the phone ring in the room." Garutti's benches have a soul, and they feel very lonely at night in the abandoned bank building. So it's a good thing that at least during the day a few staff members sit on the benches and thus come into contact with them. However, the social interaction is not limited to encounters between people and the furniture. With his benches, Garutti also intends to improve relations between employees. The utopian-romantic subtitle of his work is: "Dedicated to everyone who will meet here."

Che cosa succede nelle stanze quando gli uomini se ne vanno?"
(Was passiert in den Räumen, wenn die Menschen
sie verlassen haben?),
Deutsche Bank Mailand, 2006
Sammlung Deutsche Bank
Photos: Roberto Marossi

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