The Continuous Monument

Adolfo Natalini

Adolfo Natalini (1941–2020), The Continuous Monument, New York, Sketchbook 12, page 74, 1969. Ink and pencil on paper, from a spiral-bound Canson sketchbook, 340 × 275 mm. DMC 2141.74.

My sketchbooks show a really typical project called the Continuous Monument. The Monument was a demonstration of the falsity and the absurdity of some of the theories that went on in that period. We started producing images of this sort of continuous monument, the continuous strip of urbanisation which was going around the world. And that was compared with the beautiful landscapes, the real cities and so on.