Every day is a new emotion at the Radicepura Garden Festival!
Meetings, conventions, happyhours, children’s workshops and much more. It ought not to be forgotten, though, that the protagonists of this festival remain the gardens and the landscapers who created them.
So let’s discover the secrets that hide behind every artwork of the four leading designers of the evocative Star Gardens area. Ready for a virtual walk?
The first garden is “Amity”, a toast to life, by Kamelia Bin Zaal. It gathers different cultures in it, just like the artist who created it: Kamelia was born in Dubai but raised and studied in the United Kingdom where she started her brilliant career as a garden designer. During her life, she has won several awards worldwide, from Europe to Asia.
The garden is like a mirror reflecting the suffering of the people who experience war and reinventing the pain to give society a space where all the people can meet up and celebrate human brotherhood.
For her work, she drew inspiration from the typical Arabic courtyards of her native land to create an elegant open space surrounded by the scents of nature and the sound of water.
Walking through Amity means going into the bowels of a poignant poem that leaves a sweet lingering feeling of hope and peace in your heart.
Than, the visit follows Michel Pena‘s masterpiece. “Tour d’y voir” will make you discover Sicily as a continent on its own. Yes, that’s what people who lives this island every day say and Michel Péna knows it well and catches it through his work. How to enter the garden? Easy: from a door, like all famous surreal and magical worlds. Nothing is perceptible from the outside, but once inside, it is impossible not to be carried away by the natural beauty created by the artist for the Radicepura Garden Festival.
Up to the end, where the stairs finish, the view is breathtaking: the sea on the horizon and the shining sun become a precious gift to your soul.
The third artwork is by Stefano Passerotti, a fourth-generation, Italian garden designer and a world-renowned artist. “Mediterranean Evaporation” is a meditative devotion to Nature. The protagonist of the installation is the trunk of a tree placed accurately inside a pool full of water, through which it’s lulled as the seawaves would do.
The artist’s unconventional approach focuses on the condition of our fragile ecosystem, struck by an increasingly technological society and unattracted by intimate dialogue with nature.
Mediterranean evaporation is also a homage to the Panta Rhei of Heraclitus and the theme of the becoming: a continual change without losing the deep harmony of life itself.
Last but not least, the garden designed by James Basson, the famous and award-winning garden designer we’ve talked about here. Specialist in dry gardens and the use of natural and handicrafts, he exhibits with “Alpheus and Arethusa”, a tribute to Hellenic culture in Sicily. The myth symbolically combines the two coasts beyond the limits of time and space.
The plants of the work have been chosen because they are closely linked to both Greek and Sicilian territory in order to emphasize the concept of Mediterranean Essence.
Dreamy atmospheres invade the deepest streets of the heart, flooding with sensations that come from the past and become reality.
Now that our virtual tour of the Star Gardens discovery is over and the gardens no longer have secrets for you, how can you resist the temptation to live them in person?
The Radicepura Garden Festival and its artists are already waiting for you.
Strada 17, N. 19
Fraz. di S. Leonardello – Giarre (CT)
Tel. +39 095 964154