In the heart of Chianti, just a few kilometers from Siena in the municipality of Castelnuovo Berardenga, there is a place surrounded by art called Pievasciata that is home to a treasure that really deserves a visit. It's the Chianti Sculpture Park, a permanent exhibition of sculptures and installations of contemporary art perfectly integrated in a magnificent forest of ilex and holm oak trees.
Artists from all over the world were invited to visit the forest, choose a space and make a specific piece of art for the location they had chosen. For this reason, all the sculptures are perfectly integrated with nature, born to be exactly where they are.
The Chianti Sculpture Park was inaugurated in May 2004 by Rosalba and Piero Giadrossi, both passionate about contemporary art. The seven hectares (17 acres) of an untouched wood of ilex and oak trees, previously used to raise wild boars, contains sculptures and installations made by miscellaneous materials, like bronze, marble, glass, steel, volcanic lava, fiberglass and neon.
There you an also find an art gallery called La Fornace.
The artists (mostly painters and sculptors) come from all over the world (Vietnam, Chile, Zimbabwe, Philippines, etc.) and their works give visitors a wide range of international contemporary art. The gallery is located in a restored old factory of terracotta tiles.
During the summer the Chianti Sculpture Park hosts concerts and cultural events in its amphitheater.
The visit is pleasant for everyone, even for non-experts in contemporary art, and even for children. To better enjoy the visit, there is an application called ChiantiPark, which is a multimedia guide for visitors. It's available in 4 languages (Italian, English, French and German) and can be downloaded from the AppleStore and the Google Play Store.
Pievasciata itself is full of art and is called Borgo d'Arte Contemporanea, that is “hamlet of contemporary art”. Nine sculptures have been already installed and one more reason to visit it is the project that provides the installation of additional works of art near the park. Created out of the collaboration between the cultural association “FRIENDS OF THE PARK”, the district of Castelnuovo Berardenga, the Province of Siena and the Region of Tuscany, this project plans the installation of a dozen art works in the surrounding area.
Some of the installations in Pievasciata:
- Chianti Classico by Edi Susilo from Indonesia
- Homage to the Palio by Sandro Bessi from Italy
- Incomunicability by Piero Giadrossi from Italy
- Town ostriches by Yu Zhaoyang from China
- Peppers by Piero Giadrossi from Italy
- Peace by Fabio Zacchei from Italy
- Chianti Colors by Antonella Farsetti, Italy
- Warhol in Chianti by Elia Casini, Italy