A special metal tent blends the symbolic value of the light, temporary object with the sturdy durability of the material with which it is made. Its double structure with a large external wooden truss (made by MR) suggests a metaphorical game.

Using a definition of Andrea Branzi, Italo Rota explains that when you enter a double cabin – one inside the other – you are in a sort of diagnostic box, a psychoanalytical laboratory each person can approach in a unique, personal way. The archetypal nature of the installation is not the only evocative feature.

The tent (part of the permanent collection of the Milan Triennale) has a shiny reflecting surface on the outside, and a matte surface inside, with laser-cut drawings of trees that reference the 18th-century treatise of the abbot Marc-Antoine Laugier (1753) on the origin of architecture from nature.

It is the cabin in the trees, the first shelter of man, where the tree trunks are the figurative root of the architectural orders. Finally, the effect of “stitching” of the steel suggests the art of textiles, which like architecture represents one of the way’s man constructs his habitat.

The materic character of the work narrates the archaic and unconscious relationship between man and inhabitable space.

Produced by MR

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Italo Rota (ph. Massimo Sestini) - Milano, 1° summit #1, numeri uno d'italia, "Hangar Bicocca Italia, produciamo il futuro", Italo Rota 2016-02-08 © Massimo Sestini