The Preston Street Business Improvement Area commissioned the design and installation for Bambini, a sculpture representing a child's view of a soccer team, and a welcoming feature to Little Italy in Ottawa. Installed in the fall of 2013, it generated negative impressions from many in the community though some liked and supported it.
The piece's designer, Chantal Gaudet, a senior landscape architect with the design consulting company Stantec said, "It’s new, and people are going to get used to it. We need to respect what they think about it." She went on to say, "The Italians are very family oriented. It’s a part of their culture, and that’s what I tried to represent."
Bambini stands on the eastern corners of the intersection of Preston Street and Gladstone Avenue in Ottawa.