In the heart of the Sienese Chianti, and precisely in Pievasciata, a small village in the municipality of Castelnuovo Berardenga, is the Chianti Sculpture Park, a suggestive permanent outdoor exhibition of contemporary installations and sculptures. The park, located just over 40 km from our villa with swimming pool in Chianti, is surrounded by a wonderful forest of oaks, holm oaks and chestnuts. In fact, its main feature is the integration between art and nature: each work is an integral part of the environment that surrounds it. In 2014 it was even included by National Geographic among the 10 best Sculpture Parks in the world.
The project was born from an initiative of the Giadrossi spouses, both passionate about contemporary art, who in 2004 opened this open-air museum that has never ceased to enchant and attract visitors. The works present are site-specific, that is, they were conceived and proposed by the artist after visiting the place. The route, about 1 km long, is characterized by different cultures and styles. The installations and sculptures were created by artists from all over the world with very different materials: bronze, iron, granite, marble, glass, neon etc.
Among the various works on display are: the majestic glass and steel sculpture “Energy” by the Greek Costas Varotsos, which seems to emerge from the rocks; the Carrara marble trunks of “Coins de Bois Blanc” by the Frenchman Nicolas Bertoux; the colored iron cows of “The Milk Factory” by Singaporean Vincent Leow; the imposing ghiglia of a ship in volcanic lava from “The Keel” by the Turkish Kemal Tufan; and the installation “Off The Beaten Track” by Englishman William Furlong, with sound effects that come to life as visitors pass. Some works are interactive, such as the installation “The Labyrinth” by the English artist Jeff Saward, a veritable labyrinth of glass blocks that can be explored in its entirety.
Inside the park in 2009 an amphitheater was inaugurated, where, in the months of July and August, concerts of classical music, jazz, opera, tango and other musical genres are organized. The wings were made of white Carrara marble and black granite from Zimbabwe while the stage and the steps are covered with lava slabs. On the stands, on the other hand, there are figures of some famous celebrities from the world of entertainment.
Furthermore, a few meters from the park, in the old furnace of Pievasciata, an art gallery has been set up in which the works of international artists are exhibited. But it does not end here because in the village of Pievasciata and its immediate surroundings you can admire twelve other sculptures of contemporary art. Among these stand out: “I Colori del Chianti” by Antonella Farsetti, who represented the typical colors of Chianti by reproducing them on tempered glass; and “Warhol in Chianti” by Elia Casini, a mosaic made up of more than one hundred thousand pieces in transparent glass.
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