We take part with our Cheer Up City model in the exhibition ‘The Garden of the Foating Sculptures’ at Parete Art Museum in Italy.
Il Giardino delle Sculture Volanti (the garden of the floating sculptures) collects ten international works inspired by the book Invisible Cities written by Italo Calvino. It is a selection of a wider project, Mirabilia, curated by Antilia Gallery and exhibited in Bitonto, Treviso and Matera.
The exhibition is set in a metaphorical lush garden, inspired by the Persian pairi-dae’- za, which means “fenced place” and is the origin of the term paradise. It contains amenities that only the few can enjoy. The configuration of the paradise garden is regular and geometrical, in contrast with the chaotic world outside. A central water source flows towards the four cardinal directions, dividing the spatial domain into geometric fields and working as a spring that disseminates resources in the surroundings. The invisible cities populate such narrative landscape that is offered to the visitor.
Boano Prišmontas, Diogo Aguiar Studio, Figura, Gaelen Pinnock, gosplan architects, Jaeger Koechlin, Johan Hermijanto, LAGADO architects, Materia Ordinaria, Outpost Office, Roberto Monte
Parete Art Museum, Palazzo Ducale di Parete (CE)
Fabiana Dicuonzo, Giuseppe Resta
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Cheer Up City was earlier on show at Casa Cava in Matera, Italy, as part of the Mirbabilia exhibition by Antilia Gallery.
We were asked to reinterpret a city from the famous story of Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. We chose to make an intervention for the city of Zemrude, a place where people slowly start to look down and can only see the bad side of the city.
“It is the mood of the beholder that gives the city of Zemrude it’s form.”
We responded with a design for a city hall for Zemrude which façades cheer up those who look down but look normal to those already looking up: Cheer Up City.
We believe architecture is not just about healthy buildings but about ‘happy buildings’ that are also fun to use and interact with.