Photo: Caret Studio

Italian Piazza Transformed Into a Checkerboard to Help With Social Distancing

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by Eben Diskin May 13, 2020

Social distancing is often a big guessing game. We can estimate, but it’s tough to know whether we are actually putting enough space between each other to remain safe, especially in busy public places where crowds are moving. To attempt to solve this issue, the Italian-based design studio Caret Studio has created an installation in a public square as a guideline for people returning to public spaces post-lockdown.

The installation, called StoDistante, is composed of white squares painted onto the cobblestones of the Piazza Giotto in Vicchio, a town near Florence. The markers, located six feet apart and made from removable paint, serve as visual representations of social distancing and show where people can stand to maintain a safe distance from one another.

On its website, Caret Studio describes the installation as “a temporary solution for a conscious use of Vicchio’s Piazza Giotto under Italy’s current safety measures. StoDistante is conceived as a platform for citizens to reclaim and reactivate open spaces through the hosting of a series of initiatives as rules are relaxed in the coming weeks.”

Although the StoDistante can only be found in Vicchio right now, the studio is hoping it could eventually be installed in other towns around Italy.

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