The floral tiles, works by Ravenna mosaicists that decorate buildings and doorways in the historic centre, are a symbol of the city’s concern for women in difficulty. This is a tangible gesture by Ravenna artists to celebrate 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
An agreement across the entire political spectrum declared Ravenna a “women-friendly city” and in 2013 this initiative took shape with the project “I Fiori di Ravenna – Ravenna città amica delle donne” (The Flowers of Ravenna – Ravenna, a Women Friendly City) promoted by the Linea Rosa association, in collaboration with the International Mosaic Documentation Centre, the city’s Art Museum and the CNA.
The subject of the chalice-shaped flower, handmade using the ancient mosaic technique, is a tribute to the victims of violence, but also a symbol of the thriving life of a city that supports and respects women every day.
Among the many mosaicists and ateliers in Ravenna who took part in the project are Ad Arte, Elisa Brighi, Pixel Mosaici di Lea Ciambelli, Ivana Ciuti, Silvana Costa, Anna Fietta, Arianna Gallo di Koko Mosaico, Imad Punto Mosaico, Barbara Liverani, Mosaico di Maday, Luciana Notturni and Cecilia Travaglia.
Over the years, the tiles have become a welcoming sight to all who visit Ravenna, with a special focus on women. Many have been sold and it is possible to buy and use them to decorate the streets of the city; a testimony to their social value.