Edoardo Tresoldi erects wire mesh installation Opera in southern Italy

The monument explores the relationship between people and their surroundings by employing classical architectural motifs and the theme of transparency.

by STIRworld Published on : Sep 19, 2020

Italian creator Edoardo Tresoldi has recently introduced Opera, a permanent art installation that arouses contemplation about people and places. Positioned on the seafront of Reggio Calabria, Italy, the installation employs classical architecture motifs and the theme of transparency to communicate the relationship between the spectator and their surroundings. The monument aspires to be a familiar landmark among one of the largest public spaces in Europe.

The monument hopes to be a familiar landmark in Europe | Opera | Edoardo Tresoldi | STIRworld
The monument aspires to be a familiar landmark in Europe Image: Roberto Conte

Opera is a colonnade of eight metre high open wire-mesh pillars placed in a 2,500 square metre public park in Calabria. Pondering on the founding archetypes of western cultural heritage, 46 columns serve as a frame through which the park can express itself for a new interpretation. The public location of the art installation offers a new monument, fully accessible to both locals and visitors.

Opera is a colonnade of open wire-mesh pillars placed in a public park | Opera | Edoardo Tresoldi | STIRworld
Opera is a colonnade of open wire-mesh pillars placed in a public park Image: Roberto Conte

Promoted and commissioned by the local Municipality and the Metropolitan City, the public installation takes visitors along a dynamic and perceptive experience formed by the park’s changing heights and depths, creating a ‘mental agora’. Within the open space, Opera elucidates dialogues through perspective corridors streaming into the landscape while the transparent columns form an open framework that supports, supplements and defines the spatial dimension. The tall mesh-pillars also establish a direct link between earth and sky.

The public installation takes visitors along a dynamic perceptive experience | Opera | Edoardo Tresoldi | STIRworld
The public installation takes visitors along a dynamic perceptive experience Image: Roberto Conte

Visitors walk along the park to meet harmonies and contrasts between the two architectural systems - the pillars and the trees. One experiences the partnership between light and shadows, a rhythmic balance shaped by the play between the two systems. An organic connection between the transparency and the surrounding space is evoked as the contours of the installation begin to blend into the environment.

The installation highlights harmonies and contrasts between the pillars and the trees | Opera | Edoardo Tresoldi | STIRworld
The installation highlights harmonies and contrasts between the pillars and the trees Image: Roberto Conte

Opera is the material realisation of Tresoldi’s musings on architectural composition and decomposition. The exchange between built and unbuilt is visible through the colonnade’s rigid distribution within the spontaneous configuration of the park. Comparable to a musical counter-melody, their overlapping suggests two different melodies played at the same time.

Opera is the end result of Tresoldi’s thoughts on composition and decomposition | Opera | Edoardo Tresoldi | STIRworld
Opera is the end result of Tresoldi’s thoughts on composition and decomposition Image: Roberto Conte

The installation’s opening event last week witnessed a series of free music, performance and poetry events - the sound installation by Italian musician Teho Teardo narrating the union of Opera and the site. Poetry events curated by Italian poet and writer Franco Arminio and a secret concert by the Italian songwriter Brunori Sas also took place in the middle of the unique scene.

Opera facilitates the union between visible and invisible | Opera | Edoardo Tresoldi | STIRworld
Opera facilitates the union between visible and invisible Image: Roberto Conte

The monument brings awareness to the invisible strings between reality and representation, by entrusting the transparency of the Absent Matter with the primary role of space-time suspension. Somewhere on the cusp of art, architecture and landscape on the edge of an overlapping physical and mental terrain, Opera facilitates the union between the visible and invisible, individual and community.

(Text by Ankitha Gattupalli, intern at stirworld.com)

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