In the terrain vague that flows under and around the ruins of the Roman aqueducts, small islands of space exist that are given definition and programme through the presence of significant objects. These artifacts, that suggest ritual and a regular pattern of use, have the ability to remove public space from the public realm, trumping legality through their immediate tangibility. Mundane objects were imbued with superficial significance through the use of paint. They were then placed on the steps of an urban fountain in the Piazza del Santa Maria in Rome, and left there for seven hours to document how people reacted to our attempt to claim a desirable resting place. The installation illustrated how some objects, even without evidencing any particular programme, are capable of removing a pocket of space from the public realm.