It is the South African artist, William Kentridge’s largest public work to date.The figures, which are up to 12m high,
chart the city’s historic victories and defeats, ranging from Romulus and Remus to Pier Paolo Pasolini’s murder outside Rome in 1975.
The dark silhouettes were created from the layers of accumulated grime on the naturally pale travertine embankment wall by
applying high-pressure water jets to giant plastic stencils, a technique better known to street art as “reverse graffiti”.
It will, sadly, fade away as grim returns.