Four columns covered with fireproof and silk-effect wallpapers made in the Community's artisan workshops offer original decorations

COURTYARD OF HONOUR, UNIVERSITY OF MILAN - Embellished by artistic decoration, the four entrance columns become the expression of a work of recovery: architectural, mental and human.

Devised by Giulio Cappellin, The Art of Independence grew out of the activities of the craft workshop of the Comunity of San Patrignano and expresses the most recent evolutions of the processes carried out within it thanks to digital tools. These train the young people in the community to develop skills that will be useful in their future occupations.

The project to cover four entrance columns at the University is intended to set off the ancient building through graphic signs that reinterpret a series of decorations present in various recesses and historic buildings of the city in a contemporary key.

“A reclamation operation: architectural, mental and human. The beauty of art that enables one to be reborn and look ahead,” as well as “the newfound independence of the people inside San Patrignano after years in chains,” explains Giulio Cappellini.

Made with water-based colours designed by Giulio Cappellini, the decorations – unusual and original – endow the ancient columns with a new identity, creating a dialogue with their capitals. Wallpaper with a silk effect, fireproof and therefore well suited to retail and hotel contract projects, it is the final outcome of the processes performed in-house in the artisan workshop of the San Patrignano Community.