Walking around the villages and nature of the Valdelsa Valdicecina, visitors come across typically narrow streets, old buildings and historic roads that tell the best-known side of Tuscany. They also go hand in hand with a contemporary art scene consisting in works of artistic and symbolic worth by some famous international names, such as Kiki Smith.
The US artist’s time in the Valdelsa can be seen in three closely connected works: Yellow Girl, Blue Girl and Red Girl. The sculptures were initially part of a series of nine identical girls, each with a different colour dress but otherwise the same, which were presented during the 2003 Japanese exhibition “Everything is Museum”.
Their arrival in the Valdelsa is down to a number of contemporary and outdoor art projects, which have been carried out here over the years and especially Arte all’Arte in Colle Val d’Elsa in 2011. Color Still (the name of the project) refers to the steadiness of daily moments, hence the girls, sitting alone, separated in the space and almost contemplating, are actually linked by the common thread of their coloured dresses.
Kiki Smith’s three sculptures are now located in three different villages and can be explored on a contemporary tour imbued with an international feel.