The fountain of Camerlata is a monumental fountain in Como in Piazzale Camerlata from which it takes its name, by Cesare Cattaneo and Mario Radice.
“The work of pure decoration, exaltation of beautiful shapes obtained with geometric perfection … without claims of literally symbolic content or functional destination”.
The rationalist architect Cesare Cattaneo and the abstract painter Massimo Radice were commissioned by the mayor of Como Attilio Terragni in 1935, on the occasion of the VI Triennale di Milano. Initially the fountain is exhibited in the Parco Sempione in Milan and has been welcomed by positive criticism. Demolished in the Second World War, it was rebuilt in Como in 1960 in Camerlata integrated into one of the city’s access squares. The son of the architect Cesare Cattaneo, Damiano, defines the structure as a monument to traffic that must be admired by traffic. The road has been several times between the eighties and the first decade of the twenty-first century was the most famous street in Milan, a main square of Como, but was repeatedly rejected.
The fountain of Camerlata is in white rock, but despite the popular popular idea the work is not inspired by the electric battery of the famous physicist Alessandro Volta, but wants to communicate an idea of rational and orderly movement at the center of the traffic junction for which was the state made. The circular elements originate in a harmonious composition in which the shape of the lines and the lack of edges determine a complex of shapes that are combined with the influence of the water of the fountain, symbolically reflected in the rotating movement of the motor vehicles around the square. the four spheres are arranged on one and alternated with horizontal rings from the edge of a large round and low basin, towards a second smaller one, from which virtually the circumference resumes. The last small circle is placed on the edge of the larger tank and symmetrically opposed to the string of balls and horizontal rings.