GIANT 16TH CENTURY COLOSSUS IN FLORENCE HAS ROOMS HIDDEN INSIDE

by Ariadna Zierold

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This epic colossus, half man, half mountain, was erected in the late 1500s by renowned Italian sculptor Giambologna as a symbol of Italy’s rugged Appenine mountains. This mountain god, fittingly named Appennino, stand 35 feet tall over the ground of the Villa di Pratolino in Tuscany.

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The rugged, mountainous statue hides a wonderful secret – his interior hides several rooms with different functions that made this colossus come to life. The monster that his left hand holds spewed water from an underground stream, and it is rumored that space in his head was made for a fireplace which, when lit, would blow smoke out of his nostrils.

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ELLA & PITR TRANSFORM A SQUARE IN ITALY

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Thanks to a strong push of the local administration who wanted to recover an un used space, so closed and impossible to live for most people, the association a.DNA  got to offer and invite the two artists Ella & Pitr to figure out a creative solution. The artists, Ella & Pitr are known for working directly on horizontal surfaces of rooftops of buildings and streets,and transforming anonymous stretches of asphalt with recline figures of giants or animals in different cities in Chile, Canada, France and Germany.

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Now a giant resting on a square of about 3600 square meters, 120m long and 30m wide, nicknamed “Eros”, shows us “How to stop sucking your fingers” and start to be active and not passive.

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The square “Angeli della Strada” of Quadrivio di Campagna, has been permanently closed to vehicles transit and during August 1st, families came together and the children were asked to draw what they would like to be realized in these spaces. A beginning for the creation of a new gathering place, to show that with artistic interventions of this type often, if properly contextualized, they can also achieve concrete objectives, beyond an only aesthetics “revision” of the city.

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Author: Ella & Pitr (France)
Title: “Eros” or “How to stop sucking your fingers”
Where: “Angeli della Strada” square
City: Quadrivio di Campagna (SA) _Italy
Project: URBAN AREA open spaces
Organization: a.DNA project

Images via Urban Area.