Fontana di Nada - Performative Installation


The goal of this project was to mock the tradition of tossing coins to any fountain, including those on the malls.


This behavior is due to the myth that if someone toss a coin - like in Fontana di Trevi, Italy - the person will be granted a wish.

In the case of Trevi, it is important to mention that the collected money reaches thousands euros each year, and it is reverted to the homeless - mediated by the Red Cross Foundation. The money was also a source of income for about 30 years to Roberto Cercelletta - known as D'Artagnan - an individual who thought he was worthy of receiving the money from the fountain.


When people approach Fontana di Nada, it is intended that the passerby can identify and question the irony of a tradition that is sometimes applied anecdotally.



[5-14th November 2014 under "Here>ElseWhere" MADEP Finalists Exhibition at FBAUP
Interior atrium of Pavilhão Sul at FBAUP


From the series "Disruptive Practices in the Daily Routine: Analysis of a Creative Process in the Dancing Place of the City" (2012-2014), under the M.A in Art and Design for the Public Space at Fine Arts Faculty of Porto (FBAUP).

Fontana di Nada, 2014

Fountain - 61 x 22 cm rubber child pool filled with water; sprayed in gold colour


Signboard - Stainless steel laser-engraved plate, glued to a block of marble

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"If you throw coins to the fountain, absolutely nothing will happen to you"
Fontana di Nada, 2014

Fontana di Nada, 2014

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Moments after the opening of the exhibition, several coins had been already tossed. 

Also, after the next day, the coin tossing, actually turned out a great trigger to target-shooting. Students started to make contests, tossing the coins from the building's upper floor.

Fontana di Nada, 2014

Fontana di Nada, 2014 

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Note written by a student saying "It happened, I ran out of a coin"

Fontana di Nada, 2014 

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Despite some people got a few cents poorer, according to the building's keeper, the tossed coins turned out a nice free money source to fund student's coffes.


After all, at the end of the exhibition, and proving the phrase wrong, some things did happen in that atrium!

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