Triumphs and Laments
William Kentridge and Tevereterno
483 people pledged $95,078 to support this project on Kickstarter
Extending along the Tiber River in Rome, William Kentridge’s Triumphs and Laments is a procession of figures — some more than 30 feet high — depicting historical scenes of war, love, oppression, and resilience. Supported by hundreds of Kickstarter backers, local non-profit Tevereterno turned the artist’s charcoal drawings into massive stencils, which were applied to the tarnished walls of the river embankment and then pressure-washed to reveal a series of silhouettes. For the opening on April 21, 2016, Kentridge collaborated with composer Philip Miller and more than 200 volunteers to activate the mural with live music and a dramatic play of shadows. Over time, the stone surface will return to its natural color, and Triumphs and Laments will slowly fade away.