by Dilpreet BhullarSep 17, 2022
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)