Recycling, Reconstruction, and Preservation

The Pasquino, a fragmentary statue originally belonging to a sculptural group of the Greek heroes Menelaos and Patroklos, is one of the so-called talking statues. The damaged torso was one of several ancient statues used by the citizens of Rome and Naples as places to post protest messages, gossip, and popular wit. Although angry officials once plotted to dump the Pasquino in the Tiber, its status as a ruined survivor provided symbolic protection for political speech and public satire. Worn and broken, the figure can still be seen in Piazza Pasquino.