The Blossoming Gardens are the artworks of young landscapers who exhibit at the Radicepura Garden Festival.
These talented, young artists want to give a strong message through their projects: communicative power and creative energy involve public and lead to meditation, which provides wellness and regeneration.
Our virtual tour continues at the discovery of the six Gardens created to praise the Mediterranean Essence.
The first is “Re-Live” built by two young women who have an incredible career. Carmen Guerrero Mostazo is an architect and Andrea Graña Sánchez is an engineer, landscaper and agri-environmentalist. Both of them have a strong interest in social issues and, for this reason, decide to focus on the climate and the telluric movements typical of Sicilian territory to wake people’s conscience about the subject. Finally, they leave visitors with a positive message: after every storm there’s a rainbow of hope.
“Jardin de Mantille” is the name of Maria Agor’s Garden. She’s a French designer who collaborates with Joseph Andueza. The mantilla is a typical vestment of the Mediterranean, especially used in the Spanish area. Here it gives a nod of a sensual atmosphere thanks to the lights and shade that show and hide the leafy trees, caressed by wind. It is here that the source of life is preserved and protected from the outside.
Then, you will find Claudia Amias and Joan Batlle, two Spanish artists who make Radicepura Garden Festival an emblematic work suggestive. “Through Vegetation” compels visitors to go across a “green wall” after crossing a piece of desert made of rocks and gravel of Mount Etna. Only after passing the vegetation, you will feel tranquil and regenerated. This choice is motivated by the desire to enhance the theme of reforestation and the value of the environment.
Now is the turn of a team of six landscapers from Turkey. They explain the dichotomy of man and nature: “Passage to Mediterranean” allows you to experience and play with landscape through different stages up to the arrival into a typically Mediterranean plants adorned space.
Slightly further, you will find yourself amused by the sight of white salt mountains. Perhaps you are asking yourself what we mean by it. “Hortus Salis” is Alejandro O’Neill’s masterpiece. Alejandro is a landscape designer and freelance designer with a strong focus on sustainability issues. His work is an installation that conveys history and culture. Indeed, millions of years ago, the Mediterranean was a desert and the sea left large quantities of salt. This had a deep impact on human life and has been, for a long time, part of our tradition as the so-called Salt Ways suggest. This installation explores the concept of salt in the garden highlighting the strong connection of man with the Mediterranean landscape and in particular with Sicily.
Finally, the largest team is composed of students from the Bologna University Degree Course in Ornamental and Landscape Protection at the University of Bologna.
Their Italian garden is called “Mediterranean Identity” and recalls frames from the past. This is why, since the earliest times, the Mediterranean has been the scene of ever-flowing people, animated by trade, cultural and artistic contamination and the desire to conquer and discover. Today, globalization has made difficult to understand the true value of these exchanges because of the garden, visitors will be able to determine autonomously how the Mediterranean identity is being developing and strenghtening.
This second virtual tour ends here but artworks keep living at the Radicepura Garden Festival park. You will be able to admire them with your own eyes until October 21st.
Did you miss the first virtual tour? No problem: you can find it here.
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