Sculptures by Giuseppe Penone. Part of his ‘Prospettiva vegetal’, an unpublished project conceived by Sergio Risaliti and curated by Arabella Natalini and Sergio Risaliti.
These are from Forte di Belvedere in Florence, 2014. The other part of this project was situated in the Boboli Gardens which wasn’t on our itinerary for this trip.
To be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure what I thought of them as we stumbled across them quite by accident on our visit to the fort. After all, isn’t art supposed to be subjective?
One thing that did resonate with me at the time, was I loved the way shadows were cast across the lawn and up the wall by one particular sculpture. To me this gave a real sense of dynamism to a static object and I remember being transported (albeit briefly) to a land of Tolkien’s Ents. Whether this was by design or by accident, I guess I will never know.
Looking back, I now really like them. Although I accept this may equally be attributed to the rekindling of some great memories.
I read today on Wikipedia, that a couple of months prior to our visit, the fort played host to a large celebrity wedding. I’m relieved to say that at the time I was completely oblivious. Luckily it seems the Italians don’t buy into this nonsense in the same way that we do in the UK. Although they are obviously happy to take the dollars, which I imagine was a wise move as the upkeep on heritage buildings cannot be cheap . There was no mention of it anywhere on-site. In the UK an event like this would be considered a unique selling point and exploited as a way to get the crowds in. I only add this because my sole reason for visiting what turned out to be a great location, was to get every ounce of value out of my 72 hour Firenze card and not related in anyway to celebrity chasing.
Yes, I can hear you all paraphrasing Shakespeare, “The gentleman doth protest too much methinks“