Mound Hacker-Pompeii, Italy – The story of the guard


My current site-specific art project is intervening in the time lines of actual Tells [mounds] and archaeological sites around the Mediterranean. I am visiting Pompeii.

I ask the guard when were these engravings carved.

He smiles: “They are Roman graffiti! You have good eyes!”

He then remarks there are more engravings at the women’s bath house.

I talk to him about Alexandria Library, and he is enthusiastic. So, I give him a ceramic key to the library.

He is amused and is willing to be photographed with it.

As we go away, he is rushing to the sunny crossroad where two of his friends are sitting and smoking.

In melodic Italian, he seems to tell them the story. They joke and gather around to examine the object.

I hope his son will help him with the computer, so he can see I made my promise to write about him, as both of us are deeply sorry that the Library is gone.

More about mound hacker actions:

Mound hacker – the concept of this going art project,

Mound hacker- Tel Yokneam,

Mound hacker‏-Castel dell Ovo, Naples, Italy

Mound hacker – Herculaneum

Mound hacker- Villa of the Papyri, Herculaneum, Italy

Mound Hacker’s world map





5 Responses to “Mound Hacker-Pompeii, Italy – The story of the guard”

  1. joan braun says:

    What a lovely interaction! And fascinating photos, as usual! Thank you!

  2. Nirit Keren says:

    I love the threads you pull across the Mediterranean, it’s a pleasure to follow them….
    Love the photos and light in them.

  3. nona says:

    Thank you Joan and Nirit,
    I am happy to have you on my trips

  4. hana altaratz says:

    נונה יקרה
    צילומייך הם במו עבודות נייר- מדהים.
    באשר לציור הקיר עם הקופץ למיים
    הסבר פילוסןפי מעניין
    ואולי סתם אטלט קופץ לברכה?
    מי יודע
    חנה אלטרץ

  5. hana altaratz says:

    נונה יקרה
    הרעיון מדליק.
    האם לא צריך להעביר את כל ה”ענטיקות” שלך טפול מיישן?
    החרסים , הבטריות, החפצים האחרים?
    שברי החרסים שלך נקיים וברורים מדי
    אוהבת חנה.

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