calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, Rivalgo sand, clay, sea salt, plaster

 variable dimensions

Invited to take part in the braint-tooling exhibition, at the Forte di Monte Ricco in Pieve di Cadore (BL) I imagined the dolomitic landscape as a set of sculptures composed by the stratification of elements, the same that formed the Dolomites. Two columns 160 cm high (a measure that corresponds to my height), are placed in dialogue (a visual echo) with a plaster mold found in Battery Castle and made by Romano Tabacchi. The same substances (in the form of powders) that make up my work are layered inside the mold.  The mold is placed near the two columns, 200 cm from the vertical work, such as the 200 meters in air line that separate the Fort from the Battery. This relationship becomes a temporal space dialogue between the geological past of the mountains, the near past of those who lived that territory (Mr. Romano Tabacchi), my present there and the future of what will be. The work is alive: the salts and carbonates contained within the columns during time will emerge on the surface, creating new material changes. this activation of the work is very important; it is a sign of life of an element apparently immobile, as are the mountains. The work will change but will not collapse, finding a new balance in dialogue with its own essence.

(text by Gianluca D’Incà Levis)

and instead it has collapsed.
Exactly like a dolomitic spearhead. in July 2018, shortly after the inauguration of the exhibition, lightning fell a short distance from the Fort of Monte Ricco, which trembled. The vertical coulmn has fallen, laying down on the floor, and damaging itself in part. at that point, the artist had to decide whether to restore it and raise it, or not.  The position taken after the fall was judged to be significant: it indicates the mold on the ground, and, behind it, a castle battery. A case, and an indicated director. The right one. Every day a piece of dolomite collapses, falling to the ground.

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