Cortile d'Onore - Università degli Studi di Milano
“The installation speaks of a lost forest, of absence; a project in which trees uprooted by the wind become an element of vivid symbolic value, demonstrating the destructive force of nature.”
This is how the architecture firm Piuarch describes The Forest of Violins, a moving tribute to the territories of Trentino struck by catastrophe in 2018, when storms felled about 14 million trees, including the famous ‘resonant’ Norway spruce trees of the forest of Paneveggio, in Val di Fiemme, whose wood is used to make violins.
Two uprooted trunks, 12 meters in length, protrude from the loggia, supported by a giant trestle made with wood from the same forest. The beams, hewn and assembled, give rise to an archetypal form that establishes a dialogue with the loggias of the cloister.
The installation, made with the support of the Provincia Autonoma di Trento, the Magnifica Comunità di Fiemme and the contribution of CityLife, becomes a place of active memory where architecture – represented by the trestle, the symbol of repair work – is what remains.