Public Art, Private Expression
BY Christopher Harrity
July 20 2013 4:00 AM ET
The swimming pool at Foro Italico, photograph by Islay Lyons.
Foro Italico, formerly Foro Mussolini, is a sports complex in Rome, Italy. It was built between 1928 and 1938 as the Foro Mussolini (Mussolini's Forum) under the design of Enrico Del Debbio and, later, Luigi Moretti. Inspired by the Roman forums of the imperial age, its design is lauded as a preeminent example of Italian Fascist architecture instituted by Mussolini. There are possibly the gayest statues ever erected lining the stadium — worth a profile on their own, but we concentrate on the murals in the swimming center here.