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Photo © Comune di Vinci
Photo © Comune di Vinci

Piazza dei Guidi in Vinci

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The famous artist Mimmo Paladino redesigned the piazza in Leonardo’s hometown

Piazza dei Guidi, in the town of Vinci, was redesigned by the famous contemporary artist, Mimmo Paladino. He was selected via competition held by the municipality for a restyling that would communicate with the Leonardo Museum and the heritage left by the great Renaissance master.
The work resulted in a new urban space that was a fresh and independent setting in line with the town’s public identity and with the art and science of its most celebrated resident, Leonardo.

Mimmo Paladino, in collaboration with the architect Nicola Fiorillo, redesigned the piazza into a pattern of shapes, decompositions and re-compositions of the levels in sheets of Cardoso stone. Upon these, motifs that re-propose the artist’s well-known imagery are carved on tiles of glass with silver blades.
For Vinci and Leonardo’s Tuscany, this is a completely innovative tribute to the 21st century. The open-air museum welcomes the ideal remnants of a prestigious past, transforming it into the living stone of a new architectural style.