This project series documents Pettena's installation entitled "Carabinieri". The installation consisted of sheets of corrugated cardboard and metal stays assembled to created the three-dimensional letters of the word "Carabinieri". The final product measured about ten meters long by two meters high. It was first built in the courtyard of the Palazzo Comunale in Novara in 1968. "The construction, left out in the open, gradually degraded due to the damp and rain"  which made it an installation project, as well as a performance. The installation was recreated for the exhibition "Gianni Pettena. About non conscious architecture" in the Galleria Giovanni Bonelli in Milan, in 2017. This project is the first of a series of three other similar projects.
The project series contains photographs of the construction of the word "Carabinieri", photographs of the final installation at the Palazzo Comunale in Novara, and one photograph of the installation at the Gallerie Giovanni Bonelli. It also inlcudes drawings, a plan of the installation, and photographs of a later model of the cardboard word.
 Marco Scotini, editor. Non-conscious architecture: Gianni Pettena, Sternberg Press, 2018, 235 pages. p. 108.
Material in this project series was kept in its original order when it was first processed upon its arrival at CCA.
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This project is part of a series of three projects undertaken in the same year. See also AP207.S1.1968.PR03 Milite Ignoto [Unknown Soldier] (1968) and AP207.S1.1968.PR04 Grazia & Giustizia [Grace & Justice] (1968).
Title: Photographs of the 1968 and the 2017 installations and of the model, digitized drawings, and project descriptions, Carabinieri
Dates of creation: 2008 - 2017
Form: drawings, born digital, photographs
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Gianni Pettena (archive creator)
Most common file formats: JPEG File Interchange Format, Microsoft Word for Windows, Exchangeable Image File Format (Compressed), Raw JPEG Stream. The photographs of the model of the "Carabinieri" cardboard word also includes photographs of the two other similar projects by Pettana: "Milite Ignoto" and "Grazia & Giustizia".
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Gianni Pettena fonds
Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
Don de Gianni Pettena/
Gift of Gianni Pettena