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Opera by Edoardo Tresoldi Becomes Reggio Calabria’s New Landmark

Discover the mesmerising Opera project by Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi quickly turning into a Reggio Calabria’s new landmark:

Edoardo Tresoldi officially showcased his project Opera on September 12th contemplated as a permanent art installation on Calabria’s seaside. The art project not only quickly turning into Regio Callabria’s must see landmark is also imagined as a place for future gatherings.

The opening weekend itself was accompanied by a sound installation created by Italian music composer Teho Teardo who told a story mixing the idea of Opera and the site. Teardo through his installation celebrated the different moments of the day, morning, sunset and night. All three are giving the visitors an entirely different view of the Opera by Edoardo Tresoldi.

Tresoldi project is consisted of 46 pillars colonnading through a 2500 square metre park each peaking at 8 metres.

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From the artist: “Opera was created to celebrate the contemplative relationship between place and human beings through the language of classical architecture and the transparency of the Absent Matter. The open wire-mesh structure – consisting of a colonnade of 46 pillars peaking at 8 meters within a 2,500-square meter park – will offer a new monument fully crossable and accessible to locals and visitors alike. The installation will be part of one of the largest European public spaces and aims to become a new landmark in the region.”

Through exploring the inherent image of the pillars the artist is challenging our notion of founding archetypes, thus the artist allows the viewer to shape the vision of classical architecture. More from the artist’s PR team:

“The installation generates a mental agora that leads visitors into an ever-changing perceptive dimension thanks to the park’s varying heights and depths. Opera opens up relationships in several directions within an already materially open space: the perspective corridors run towards the landscape while the transparent pillars define an open structure that accommodates, accompanies and defines the spatial experience and establish a direct relationship between earth and sky.

The play between pillars and trees creates a relationship of light and shadows, an airy yet rhythmic balance evoking an organic connection between the transparency and the surrounding space. The artwork’s contours lose definition and blend with the surroundings: it is, quoting Arturo Martini, the impossibility for the sculpture to “stop the shadow that remains nonetheless, like the echo for the sound”.

“Opera is also the physical outcome of Tresoldi’s reflections on architectural composition and decomposition. The dialogue between the installation and its location can be seen through the colonnade’s distribution, which intentionally does not match the park’s. Similar to a musical counter-melody, their overlapping suggests two different melodies played at the same time. Walking through the park, the visitor encounters harmonies and contrasts between the two architectural systems.

As a public installation, Opera makes the awareness of the relationship between reality and representation explicit, and it does so by entrusting the transparency of the Absent Matter with the primary role of space-time suspension. The installation integrates relationships between visible and invisible, individual and community, delving into the stratification of ancestral horizons and daily practices, on the edge of a physical and mental terrain and suspended between art, architecture and landscape.”

For Tresoldi this is a 2nd installation in Calabria, the first one was created in 2013 and also a second permanent public artwork after his Basilica of Siponto in Apulia, commissioned by the Italian Ministry of Culture in 2016.

Edoardo Tresoldi researches the poetics of the dialogue between man and landscape by utilizing the language of architecture as an expressive tool and interpretation of places. The Italian artist plays with the transparency of mesh and with industrial materials to transcend the time-space dimension and narrate a dialogue between Art and World, a visual summary which reveals itself in the fade-out of physical limitations. Since 2013, he has performed installations focusing his research on the study of landscape elements. He presented his works within public spaces, archaeological contexts, artistic parks, festivals, music festivals and exhibitions worldwide. In 2016 he carried out the restoration of the Basilica paleocristiana of Siponto, which has been awarded the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture 2018 – Special Prize to Commission, the most prestigious Italian architecture award established by Triennale Milano. In 2018 he performed at Etherea for Coachella Festival, one of the world’s most anticipated and important music events.

Permanent installation
Falcomatà seafront, in the park of via Giunchi
Reggio Calabria, Italy
Opening 12 / 13 September 2020

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