The new site-specific work by Edoardo Tresoldi for the Arte Sella art park

Edoardo Tresoldi, Medaglia d'Oro dell'Architettura 2018 and among the 30 artists under 30 listed as the most influential in Europe by Forbes, unveiled Simbiosi, his new site-specific work for the Arte Sella art park in Val di Sella, Trentino, on 15 September.

In this park, for 33 years Nature and Art have sought new forms of interaction thanks to works by internationally renowned artists and architects like Michele De Lucchi, Ettore Sottsass, Giuliano Mauri, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Kengo Kuma and Atsushi Kitagawara.

The work by Edoardo Tresoldi is the latest phase of the rebirth of the park after it was severely damaged by the Vaia tempest last winter. It has been reconstructed to a great extent in terms of its works and pathways, reopening to the public in the spring.

The hill on which the installation in metal screen and local stones by the Milan-based artist stands would not have a existed were it not for the tempest and its action of transformation of nature.

“The design of the installation takes its cue from the elements of the landscape. I wanted to construct a ruin, taking it back into my imaginary and representing it with my own codes. To make the interpenetration of the material and immaterial world something to experience, perceptible in the space and time of the site,” the artist explains.

Simbiosi is like a work that unfolds along its own path. The Italian artist, for the first time, creates a hybrid between the transparency of Materia Assente, expressed through metal screen (which embodies the mental structure), and the materic stratifications of local stones (defined and held in place by the force of gravity, with the rational form of that structure).

The connections between architectural and natural elements make this open-air work with a height of five meters a suspended “unconventional” ruin.

Antonella Boisi

To make the interpenetration of the material and immaterial world something to experience, perceptible in the space and time of the site"