The Experience of The Floating Piers

Let me have a look back at this year. This is the right time to do it.

Professionally, I have been very lucky in 2016. New great work position, new pleasent boss and colleague besides a very special experience. It happened about six months ago for a very short  period of time. From June 18 through July 3, 2016 in Italy. For me, a unique experience and an amazing opportunity.

Working at The Floating Piers has been an incredible journey into contemporary art even if, it was only for one week. The people in the team, the installation, the atmosphere around the artwork were simply special. In my previous blog, I was explaining my feelings and affinity with the Lake of Iseo, which is the location where the temporary art installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude took place. The project of The Floating Piers connected me back to my origins, and put the memories of it in a new perspective. The intention of the artist with this project is explained in a video interview. It comfirms for me, that the goal of this project has been reached.

All elements, that can define a contemporary artwork as such were there, intrinsic to it.

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My profession is actually that of restoring permanent artworks mainly from the past. It is mostly an induced action to what seems to be static objects, that we try to “freeze” in time. We attempt to make them last forever, which is basically a huge contradiction. Materials in artworks are susceptible to the action of the time and do degradate. Cesare Brandi in his Teoria del Restauro has taught us this. Experiencing The Floating Piers makes this contraddiction more evident and at the same time amplifies it.

Some arthistorians have harshly criticized the installation defining it empty, meaningless and without any artistic values. I am not an arthistorian, but as a beneficiary of art, I feel quite competent in saying, that I don’t agree with them at all.

Reinventing and trasforming a lake or an entire landscape, like Christo did last summer, it’s an intervention with undisputable high artistic value. An artwork par excellence.

According to The New York Times, this work of art, besides other three, has been among the most discussed of the year.


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