Iosa Ghini Massimo
Quattro punti per una torre
Iosa Ghini Massimo has made with Quattro Punti Per Una Torre a significant, eye-catching artwork. The monumental form opens itself careful and shows the tingle interior. The sculpture stands in a courtyard of a university. Should the university recognize the desire to be strong and still be open, vulnerable and also demonstrate vitality?
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Everyone knows intuitively that an Egyptian obelisk (Paris, picture 1) is about human strength, intelligence, connecting earth and heaven. It is not necessary to delve into the vanity and the ubiquitous role of religion during the creation of the artwork.
This needle (Paris, Bergeret Pierre, picture 2) concerns obviously the role of the ruler, his victories and longing for immortality that the artwork becomes complacent and loses sight of the social context. The artistic qualities of the artwork have a serving character or are underexposed.
Eric Orr shows with the artwork Prime Matter (Los Angeles, picture 3, more information
) that humans control nature; lights the fire when and where humans wants. There is a pillar of natural stone and there is natural fire. This is a powerful and great artwork. The only thing; to me, fire is a too fierce primary power to be part of subtle art.
This artwork Angel by Emily Young (London, picture 4, more information
) has the potential to say meaningful things about the role of the European tradition because it combines elements from this tradition creatively. On top of a number of pillars a face is superimposed. The eyes, nose and mouth are surrounded by coarse hair. The face radiates self-confidence, strength and sympathy. To me, a column is an important supporting element of a building with a social or religious function. By putting a face on a pedestal, I am thinking of the people who shaped this social or religious function.
Nike 89 made by Wieland Foester (Berlin, picture 5, more information
) is not a perfect angel, but rather a touchingly sweet person. You see wings, the sculpture is silvered, so it must be a special person. At the same time the rough finish and strange shapes make it clear that it’s human to make mistakes.
The idea of the Quattro Punti per una Torre installation, designed by Massimo Iosa Ghini for FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti, is to use the primordial monolith, the whole massive block of stone material. In collaboration with Iguzzini, Tecnovision, and Faraonea, the project at the University of Milan represents produced architecture and sculptures from time immemorial, repeated through the use of the large-sized ceramic slab with a finish that draws inspiration from the quarry stone. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The installation is a bond between legacy and modernity, tradition and innovation, an exploration of the theme “contintuity with the experience of the past”, both as regards technology and development of materials and their production and application. It’s a stem-like tower with a structure faced with large ceramic slabs (300×150), laser- cut and finished.
The tower rises to a remarkable height, finding new and innovative architectural and structural solutions, that emphasize the sustainability of a material usually bound to tradition in the collective imagination. Its passage to contemporaneity is stressed by the high-tech, curved cut on slabs to reveal the surface treatment in the core of the installation, marked by a special decoration carried out with a Led technology forming a luminous mesh and a changing geometry, which is a symbolical continuity between past, present and future. The inner part glimpsed is carried out with energy-saving LEDs to obtain a motion effect (of a thinking mind). The base features a glass banister lit up with LEDs along its outer edge. “The monolith, the stone, the tower, ancestral typologies. The continuous surface, the leather has no perimeter, each junction is a cost and a loss … large slabs FMG have few joints. Man poetic dream, the natural curve that materializes the limit between inside and outside. The complex internal metabolism, light and energy in symbiosis with the solid material”.