Gnocchi Artyst is an installation artist who live in Toronto, Canada.



Excerpts from journal , 2003


Map used for the walk from Pian di Scó to Firenze: Large map >> Google Map >>

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7:35 pm

Just sitting and finishing my gelato.
Lorenzo calls up.

“Gnocchi, where are you?”
“Hmm… I'm at 1 km away from Firenze.”
“Oh, God. You’ve not reached Firenze yet?”
“Not yet.”
“Oh God.”

It’s time of dinner for Giovanni and Francesco. I tell him please don’t wait for me, whenever I reach the center of the city, I will take the bus to go to his house for the dinner.

He would like to “rescue” me but I say “I don’t want to, Lorenzo.”
So I’m going to finish this walk.

7:46 pm See a garden of sunflowers. At first it’s strange that the flowers all turn their back to the sun. But they are sun-flowers, aren't they? Then I remember that it's sunset (West). And the sunflowers probably just face to sunrise (East).
roads of paradise
“It’s strange that the flowers all turn their back to the sun.”
7:55 pm Reaching the sign “Firenze”.
Keep thinking that I am going to cry when I see my feet. Chuckle.
8:29 pm Pass by a petrol station.
Smell something like a Vietnamese sandwich, but that's impossible.

Wonder why it takes so long to reach the center.
Perhaps because I can’t walk fast anymore.

8:37 pm Finishing the last drop of water.
8:42 pm

Reach the Arno again.

Throw my bottle into a trash can. Suddenly feel so sorry.
It has been walking with me that long and I have been “kissing” it so many times on the way. Now when I am almost done, I just throw it away!

But no way to take it back. The trash can is the one made for bottles, you throw the bottles through a hole!

Now I pass the bridge, the Ponte G. Da Verrazzano. Google map >

8:54 pm I am going to call up Lorenzo.
9:06 pm

Still “User busy”.

9:11 pm

Lorenzo said “I'll be there in 10 minutes.”

(Actually I did tell him that it was OK that I didn’t really reach the center of Firenze. I said “I am satisfied here, Lorenzo.”)

I want him to come up to take me because I would like to see Giovanni and Francesco before they go to bed at 9.30 pm. I want to say goodbye to them before they leave to Sardegna for a month.

I have been walking for 14 hours, only stopped for eating and writing.

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