The Wind Rose

La Rosa dei Venti by Giampaolo Talani, Railway station, Venice
Last year, two interesting items appeared in the concourse of the railway station, an upright piano (for travellers to while away their time) and a bronze sculpture.
La Rosa dei Venti by Giampaolo Talani, Railway station, Venice
The sculpture is called La Rosa dei Venti (The Wind Rose) and is the work of Giampaolo Talani. It depicts a slight, male figure standing atop an umbrella. The umbrella sports the four points of the compass, which are not arranged in the correct order. I wonder how many people have noticed this and have thought the artist had made a mistake. This, however, is not an error, but is supposed to represent the confusion and uncertainty we face in making our journey through life. The figure sports a rose in one hand and has, what is supposed to be, a paper boat (another symbol of travel) tucked under his arm. 
La Rosa dei Venti by Giampaolo Talani, Railway station, Venice
While the piano is intended to be a permanent fixture, the tenure of La Rosa dei Venti is only supposed to be short term. 

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