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Fuel at the six-legged dog
by Nancy Jehmlich | 1/15/2010

He has six legs and barks fire. Whether the design for the world-famous company logo took its cue from Cerberus, who guards the gates of hell, is something no one now knows for sure. The competition for logo designs was held in 1952 and after 14 long meetings the dog was named winner, but it was another 30 years before it became known that while graphic designer Giuseppe Guzzi had submitted and worked up the design, it was actually created by sculptor Luigi Broggini. Only after his death did his role become known, when his last will became known. Officially, at any rate, the six legs are read as the sum of the four wheels of a car and the two legs of a person - to convey the idea of supernatural forces.

Parallel to the development of the logo Enrico Mattei, CEO of Eni, the parent company of Agip, had a prototype for a standardized gas station designed. All the different types of gas station, from the small kiosk downtown to the massive interstate gas stations with their own restaurants, are all based on the same parameters: The architecture with the dynamic flying roof that curves upwards make it clear from afar that you are heading for an Agip gas station. This unmistakable profile ensured that the gas stations became a striking architectural brand in their own right.

AGIP - Tankstelle des Wirtschaftswunders
Jan. 16 - March 14, 2010
Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main

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© Archivio Storico ENI
© Archivio Storico ENI
Agip-Tankstelle Cortemaggiore, 1950er Jahre © Archivio Storico ENI
Agip Tankstelle Trovajanica, 1950er Jahre © Archivio Storico ENI
Agip-Tankstelle Barletta, 1950er Jahre © Archivio Storico ENI
Agip-Tankstelle Cerignola, 1950er Jahre © Archivio Storico ENI
Agip-Tankstelle Cortemaggiore, 1950er Jahre © Archivio Storico ENI
Agip-Tankstelle Brindisi, 1960; © Archivio Storico ENI
Agip-Tankstelle Como, 1950er Jahre © Archivio Storico ENI