CULVERTS, DITCHES AND RIVERS
IN THE CITY’S UNDERGROUND

Powered by Fondazione Dolci, Comune di Brescia, Consorzio Generale Federativo Utenze del Mella, Led Lenser.

Based on Brescia Underground’s idea, october 2009.

Brescia Underground association decided to install 13 totems in the main streets of the city center. The totems are a tangible evidence of the great number of water flows wich are mostly concealed under the buildings, squares and monuments of the downtown area. For centuries, streams, underground passages and millraces traced the path and the changes of the city and, during preindustrial era, they enhanced our ancestor’s life and economy.

The 13 totems are located:

  • Porta Pile, piazzale Cesare Battisti;
  • Via Battaglie near Calini ai Fiumi building;
  • Vicolo S. Faustino at the junction of contrada del Carmine;
  • Via S. Faustino near the Ponticello’s square;
  • Via Elia Capriolo at the junction of via S. Faustino;
  • Contrada Pozzo dell’Olmo;
  • Corso Garibaldi at the junction of via delle Battaglie;
  • Largo Formentone (near Loggia’s square);
  • Piazza della Vittoria on the side of S. Agata’s church;
  • Via Fratelli Porcellaga at the junction of corso Palestro;
  • Via Fratelli Dandolo at the junction of via Annibale Calini (Serraglio);
  • Via Felice Cavallotti at the junction of corso Zanardelli;
  • Via moretto at S. Domenico’s square.

Powered by Fondazione ASM / Gruppo a2a, Fondazione Dolci, Comune di Brescia, Comprensorio del fiume Celato, Led Lenser.

Based on Brescia Underground’s idea, july 2013.

The Brescia Underground association had the one of a kind privilege to replace a pre-existent manhole cover with a new one made of tempered glass. This change was made to allow pedestrians to observe the flow of ancient rivers silently running where one couldn’t even imagine. The aim of association is to disclose a treasure of culture, history and interest and to show it up to the city of Brescia. During the middle ages, the leading force of the town was considered to be water. Today, the glass bring back to life the historic location of the Garza river, flowing through by Bova and Celato streams. At the very heart of the old city, where once mills and the first smart shop developed, today here’s a memory, a romantic tasting breach catching sight of the underground. This “urban eye” will allow both Brescia’s citizens and the tourists to overlook the story and remember a time when streams were completely unveiled.

Today, during the underground tour, our glass manhole has also become a fun and different way of interacting from below to above with the cheerful and surprised pedestrians, and vice versa.

A GLASS MANHOLE ON THE GARZA RIVER,
TODAY BOVA AND CELATO RIVERS
Via S. Faustino 1B – 25122 Brescia
BRESCIA UNDERGROUND
E IL PONTE DI PORTA PILE

La gigantografia. Stazione metropolitana fermata S. Faustino, Brescia

Da un’idea dell’associazione Brescia Underground, giugno 2017.

Con il contributo di OR.MA – Fondo Solidale Sociale Famiglia Mari Basso

Con il patrocinio e la collaborazione di Comune di Brescia, Brescia Infrastrutture, Brescia Mobilità, Metrobrescia, Valtrompiacuore, Fondazione Dolci, Fondazione della Comunità Bresciana, Led Lenser, CRE LO-VE Credito Lombardo Veneto

Questa installazione, rappresentata da una stampa dedicata su pannelli maxi formato, ha voluto rievocare la storia fluviale che coesisteva con l’ottocentesco e tuttora riemerso ponte di Porta Pile. Nel sito sono inoltre presenti diversi recuperi archeologici atti a ricordare il complesso sistema idraulico del fiume Garza (XVI sec.) e la relativa Fossa della città che, in questa posizione, permettevano alle acque, tramite ingegnose opere idrauliche, di accedere al nucleo urbano entro la via S. Faustino. A supportare l’opera dell’associazione, è presente sul fianco dell’installazione un pannello divulgativo in lingua madre e inglese che permette ai turisti e ai numerosi utenti della metropolitana di riscoprire la storia del luogo.