The Wind Rose
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.
While the piano is intended to be a permanent fixture, the tenure of La Rosa dei Venti is only supposed to be short term.