MARCIANA THE HAMLET OF ART: ARTIST INSTALLATIONS, BETWEEN ART AND BEAUTY.
Those of you who spend some of your holidays on Isola d’Elba, walking through the streets of the ancient hamlet Marciana before the 30th of September, may be able to see the open installations various important artists created during the occasion of “Marciana Borgo d’Arte” (“Marciana The Hamlet of Arts”), a festival sponsored by Acqua dell'Elba. To simplify, we have called them “installations” in the title, though the technical term for the artistic works we are talking about should be “site-specific”, that is to say creations devised specifically for the location in which they will be showcased.
Among the six created in accordance with the theme of the 2019 edition, “Arts and Nature”, today we will showcase some which are connected to each other because of their use of raw materials or their re-creation: we will leave the rest for you to discover, together with other temporary exhibitions and events which make up the program of this increasingly successful festival. With the promise of dedicating more space on our blog to the other installations as well.
Let’s start with “Porta del mare e del cielo” (“Door to the Sea and Sky”), the installation through which Marcello Chiarenza and Tonino Negri have created an ideal transition from the sea to a forest of chestnut trees, from which all the branches composing the huge, self-supporting structure were sourced. A structure which will return to the forest once the festival is over, transforming itself into an example of “land art”, as well as into a symbol of the Associazione Pedalta project, the aim of which is to create a productive thicket of chestnut trees including all the types of chestnuts which grow on Isola d’Elba.
Sedicente Moradi also chose wood for his site-specific installation, called “Urban Jungle”: a suggestive stallion, which becomes the latest addition to the bestiary used by this Florentine artist to highlight every being’s bond to the laws of nature. Among his most celebrated creatures are the unicorn, the giraffe and the crocodile, which in 2017 transformed Firenze’s riverside promenade into a dreamlike landscape.
The main protagonists of “Memorie d’Acqua” (“Water Memories”) are sea stones, masterfully recreated by Alfredo Gioventu’ through the use of his skills in ceramics. Through this almost alchemic passage, the temporal essence of the stones becomes sublimated into an object of art, which at the same time stands for its representation and its transcendence towards a more spiritual dimension. Anyone interested in developing their knowledge of the work of Alfredo Gioventu’ may follow his personal exhibition which will be inaugurated on the 17thof August in Portoferraio, though we will tell you more about this topic in a forthcoming post dedicated to Acqua dell’Elba’s relationship with art, also containing an interview with the maestro.