ARTICLE 7 by Antonio Lubrano
No to sacrophaguses
Dictionaries usually declare a sacrophagus to be: "a box made of stone, marble, alabaster, terra cotta or wood encasing one or two bodies" Just visit the Egyptian Museum in Turin to have a precise idea of this ancient type of tomb, through specimens being held which hold the Pharaoh mummies.
While in Piazza De Cristoforis (pedestrianised) in Genoa, the Municipality has put in new benches and the elderly in the area have complained. It's almost impossible to understand why. Here it is. The slate rock benches are like sacrophaguses.
Naturally, those who frequent the area, who are mainly pensioners, have requested these dismal seats to be removed as soon as possible: "We are old, that's true - commented one of the pensioners - but we are not mummies just yet!"
I ask myself: did the people responsible for urban fittings have a look at the benches before making them - or even - go to the piazza? Sometimes, between the planning and realisation stages there is a void, within which good intentions are lost. And, to tell the truth, isn't the idea of having benches for the elderly that look like sacrophaguses tempting fate a bit?