Opening on Saturday 25 July 2020 at Cortina d’Ampezzo, the first edition of the art event Sentieri d’Arte with the project Arcipelago Fossile, calling for the participation of Alessandro Ferri (Dado), Federico Tosi, T-yong Chung, curated by Fulvio Chimento and Carlotta Minarelli.
The works of the artists, in a natural setting, accompany visitors in the discovery of two trails in the Dolomiti d’Ampezzo: Gores de Federa (opened to hikers in 2019) and Pian de ra Spines. The public art exhibition is promoted by Associazione Controcorrente, Regole d’Ampezzo, Liceo Artistico di Cortina, in collaboration with Quiqueg agenzia creativa (Milan) with the support of the City of Cortina
The project is driven by the geological history of the Dolomites, defined by experts as a ‘fossil archipelago’ because this area, prior to taking form through orogeny with the African Plate, was a warm ocean with an extensive coral reef, a characteristic these mountains share only with the Himalayas.
The idea of involving three artists along the Gores de Federa trail is related to their approach of shaping matter and their ability to come to terms with site-specific conditions through the use of sculpture and installation. Arcipelago Fossile meets the challenge of installing a public art exhibition along a trail immersed in the forest, crossed by a river, determining a dimension of relations between art and nature while avoiding spectacular displays. Art and nature merge in woks conceived as accidental ‘rediscoveries,’ suddenly appearing to the view in a condition of surprise and wonder. The forest, like a temple, welcomes and preserves the works of the artists and plays a role of nourishment for the entire community.