Defined by some as "The music notes", by others as the transposition in contemporary key of motives inspired by the forms of Roman Baroque. They are, however, the fruit of the artistic mind of Eliseo Mattiacci. Six cement quartz sculptures, positioned in the public gardens in Via Giannelli next to the Passeggiata.
he sculptures date back to 1986 and for a long time were used as urban decoration in via Petroni, a side- street leading off from Corso Tacito, in the heart of the Old Town centre of Terni. All in all, it is a typical artwork by Eliseo Mattiacci, who has always tried to avoid conferring a strong sign of monumentality to his sculptures. In order to do this, he has always avoided standing his sculptures on a base. In fact, his six "musical notes" are laid horizontally on the ground. The particularity, though, could be identified in the material used. Eliseo Mattiacci has experimented with several types of materials, each time using either metals or glass. In the Terni sculpture concrete was used.
The present collocation in the public gardens seems more appropriate than the original one which was a street in the town centre. Their placing in the public gardens appears to be a better choice. In a leafy area used for footing, or just to relax for a while, those supple structures with curved ends assume an intrinsic beauty, producing the effect of a mutual aesthetic enhancement between the green of the ample lawn and the typical colour of the cement structures. Mattiacci's sculptures become part, therefore, of the daily life and habits of those who frequent the gardens in via Giannelli, so as to be considered natural component of the park itself, used spontaneously and without inhibitions. Artworks that are well lived and appropriated by the local population.
Not far from them, it is possible to glimpse other concrete structures, these are not works of art, however. It happens to be the entrance to an anti-air raid shelter which had been erected in that part of the city, against the old medieval walls. At the end of the second world war the digression of the ground was filled with the rubble of the houses in the city centre that had collapsed due to the explosion of the bombs dropped by the "flying fortresses". Just a few years later, the landfill realised with that rubble was removed and the air raid shelter returned to the light.The Terni town council then decided to proceed with its restoration in order to leave a visual sign of memory and at the same time a warning in support of peace.