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ART “en plein air” in Tuscany

Where to see outdoor art installations in Tuscany!

From sculptures to murals, find out here a list with some of the best art installations "en plein air":

On a hill overlooking the area between Florence and Pistoia, Fattoria di Celle farm boasts a large collection of environmental art that Giuliano Gori and his family have gathered since the early Eighties. International artists were invited to create installations in the picturesque open spaces, which are spread out over an area of about 45 acres and inside the historical buildings and various other rural structures. Today, Celle has about 70 installations.

In Seano, near Carmignano, also in the Prato area, there’s the Quinto Martini park museum (always open, with free admission). The park was founded in 1988, starting with a large group of bronze artworks, molten from other works created between 1931 and 1988, and donated by the artist Quinto Martini to the town of Seano. It is a public garden that the artist arranged himself according to the sculptures.

[Photo Credits: Francesco Guidi]
[Photo Credits: Francesco Guidi]

In Pievasciata (Siena), we find the Chianti Sculpture Park. The facilities of the park, which opened in 2003, are distributed along a circular path that crosses a pristine oak forest. (Open from April to September, from 10 am to sunset; from October to March by appointment only; it’s closed on Mondays; there is an entrance fee). 

In Chiusdino (Siena), in the woods surrounding the Osho Miasto center, lies the Selva di Sogno (forest of dream): towers, temples, squares made of irregular stones simply laid one over another and perfectly balanced. The sculptures – by Deva Manfredo – are miniature buildings that could belong to any ancient civilization and, at the same time, they are reminiscent of children’s games. selva di sogno

One of the most fascinating art parks in Tuscany is without a doubt the Tarot Garden of Niki de Saint Phalle. The garden is built in the beautiful Tuscan hills, in the Garavicchio estate to be precise, in the Capalbio area. The first work on the Tarot Garden began in 1979, and its creator is a world-renowned French sculptor, Niki de Saint Phalle. The motivation that kicked off the impetuous desire to build the esoteric garden came after a visit to the wonderful Park Güell by architect Gaudi, in Barcelona. Influenced by the soft shapes and the majestic buildings of this magical park, the artist began her adventure, creating artworks at her own expense and with the help of her husband Jean Tinguly.

[Photo Credits: Alessandro Bonvini]
[Photo Credits: Alessandro Bonvini]

The open air museum of Luicciana is a journey in the small hamlet of Cantagallo, a village that bases its life on art, with installations that take shape between houses and gardens, including wall paintings on the facades of the houses. Painters, sculptors, graphic artists and potters have made Luicciana a curious gem of contemporary art.

Since 2006, in Pontedera, you find the wall of Enrico Baj: 100 meters long and three meters high, it is probably the largest mosaic in Italy.

Not everyone knows that in Pisa there is one of the most spectacular murals by Keith Haring, the famous American graffiti artist. The idea of creating a mural in Pisa came randomly after an encounter on the streets of New York between Haring and a young student from Pisa. Unusually the mural has a title - "Tuttomondo”: 30 figures, painted like a puzzle, cover the 180 square meters of wall of the convent of St. Anthony. The characters of the mural are bursting with Haring’s typical vitality and energy and his relentless creative fervor that allowed him to realize, just a few months before dying of AIDS, a work that is a hymn to life above all else.

Mauro Staccioli gave some of his finest large-scale installations to the town of Volterra, creating a journey to discover the local area and his artistic career. staccioli-primi-Passi-2009 Thanks to Lorenzo Fiaschi, the Galleria Continua of San Gimignano and the location owners Marco Pallanti and Lorenza Sebasti, there is a collection in the heart of Chianti: internationally renowned artists have created site-specific works at Castello di Ama.

The Garden of Daniel Spoerri in Seggiano (Grosseto). In the early Nineties, the Swiss artist Daniel Spoerri began to install a sculpture park in southern Tuscany, about 80km south of Siena. In 1997, The Garden of Daniel Spoerri was opened to the public, and can now be visited from Easter to October. Currently, there are 87 works by 42 different artists, worth discovering in an area of about 16 hectares.

Piazza dei Guidi, in Vinci, is a "tribute" by Mimmo Paladino to the genius of Leonardo. The artist, helped by architect Nicholas Fiorillo, has reconfigured the square using a geometric pattern. Credits:

Original article by Costanza Baldini – intoscana.it

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