Gianni Macalli Antonello Pelliccia Paolo Roderi
The Gnomes’ Garden _ Chapter n. 4
sound design Roberto Paci Dalò
until November 2011
BAUER PALLADIO HOTEL & SPA – Giudecca 33, Venice
A story of public art in twelve acts
Venice, Islands and Lagoons, Aprile / October 2011
After the baptism of Uri De Beer’s floating The Water Fates’ Flowers in the San Giuliano Park, Contaminating – For the Upcoming Thought continues its weaving path in one of the enchanting gardens hidden from the view of passers by and in the historic home of Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa at the Zitelle.
A site specific work by three Italian artists, Gianni Macalli, Antonello Pelliccia e Paolo Roderi, enriches the green areas of the ex-Palladio Convent. Experts in the use of particular resins for sculptural elements, the designers invite the viewer to revisit the common mushroom form, that according to the guide lines of Contaminating, becomes the means of dialogue with the spectators, with the scope of providing an antidote against the poisons of humanity.
The installation consists of seventy elements in mushroom form, placed in geometric design within the green areas, distinct from the cut grass that transmits the continuity of the thought projected from the historic garden to today.
In this outstanding framework The Gnomes’ Garden becomes a reflective work that originates from the famous song by Jefferson Airplane of the Sixties, on redesigning the imagery from the psychedelic mushroom to the mushroom cloud of Hiroshima in 1945, from the insidious mushroom hidden in the forest ground cover to the designed mushroom of today’s Gnomes. These mysterious and secret inhabitants of the woods and of the forests, of abandoned valleys and lakes, guard and protect nature in order to best conserve it for the future generations.
In the Garden of Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa, contemporary Gnomes change life and aspect following the course of the day. They return to life every evening at sunset, thanks to the light within them, which creates almost a surreal atmosphere. The desired effect of synesthesia gets completed, thanks to the contribution of sound designer Roberto Paci Dalò, who has anchored the installation ultimately in trails of sound.
This voyage in the historic Garden, composed of layers, languages, connotations and contaminates, provokes a continual questioning on the comportment of contemporary humanity with regard to nature and to life in the natural world. Reflecting on this provocative environment, we are elevated to a level of superior consciousness and to the search of new interactions and equilibriums. The thought will save us, if we permit it to contaminate us.
The realization of the installation The Garden of the Gnomes has been made possible, thanks to the technical support of Flock Cart, Vesta, Extro s.n.c. Of Gigliotti. The Professional Institute for Industry and for Artisans F. Marazzi, Class IV in care of Technician of the Electronic Industry. The event has been created by the Group TheSeven who express a sincere thanks to Francesca Bortolotto Possati, President of the The Bauers Venice, for her precious availability. Images coordinated by IDV, Studio Didot and Taob, Milan.
Contaminating – for the thought that will be, conceived by TheSeven, and curated by Elisabeth Gluckstein, is a rare example of a collaboration and a synergy between public administrations, private associations, local sponsors, volunteers from various sectors and dedicated experts among achchitects, curators, critics and the artists themselves who unanimously wanted this project, even at the cost of personal sacrifices. All this for one sole objective: to manifest the ethic integrity that underlines the role of humanity, not only of the artist, when it defends the strongest values that are determined by the present.
The installation can be visited in the Garden every day until November 2011, in correspondence with the opening hours of the Hotel. Some of the sculpture elements will be a permanent part of the Garden in the future.
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