a massive submarine emerges in milan's city center

As part of an absurdly clever advertising campaign orchestrated by ad agency M&C Saatchi Milano for insurance firms Europ Assistance IT and Genertel, a giant submarine was installed near the city center as if it had suddenly burst through the street. The carefully orchestrated stunt which unfolded on October 1st was complete with a live reenactment meant to reinforce the idea of safeguarding yourself and posessions against unforseen events.
The crown of a massive submarine, appearing to have just surfaced from an underwater journey, has materialized from beneath the sidewalk of Milan’s Piazza Mercanti, surprising and baffling pedestrians. the installation has the tremendous deep-sea voyager popping out from the concrete path, causing a massive wreckage of rubble nearby. A Smart Car, seemingly at the wrong place at the wrong time, is apparently caught up in the chaos, haphazardly propped on the debris. the elaborate, staged intervention is actually a marketing scheme by advertising agency M&C Saatchi Milano for Europ Assistance IT, an insurance group based in Italy, as part their ‘Protect Your Life‘ campaign and launch of the lifepark protection store.
The clever stunt included a mass performance in the early hours of the morning, which imagined the manic scene as if it actually took place. actors dressed as sailors and scuba divers emerged from the semi-surfaced sub in a supposed daze, not sure where they had arrived or how they had gotten there. the driver of the vehicle, theoretically destroyed in the accident, can be seen exiting his car in a fit of both rage and confusion. The ploy even had a phony crew of hospital workers and police who rushed to the incident, carrying people on stretchers, and eventually securing the area from curious passers-by. you can watch the video of the orchestrated disaster scene here and photos, below:

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Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, Tom developed a strong desire to create positive change for people and planet.


He went on to pursue his passion for art and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for design firms in Southern California before moving to Boise, Idaho in the early 80’s. Foerstel Design opened its doors in 1985. Since its inception, the firm has cultivated a bold, happy, forward-looking team focussed on creating distinct and effective work on behalf of their clients.


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