Ruins features a series of works that re-signify architectural fragments belonging to industrial and classical archaeology of the Mediterranean basin.
The project relates some architectural elements of the classical era such as columns, capitals, sections of amphitheater with rudiments of the industrial era, such as the double-T beams, reticular structural elements and corrugated sheet metal, which are overlapped and reshaped according to a new perspective.
According to this concept, the elements belonging to industrial archaeology are transposed into bronze sculptures through the technique of lost wax casting and then mirror-polished to communicate a sense of indefinite time that becomes hypothetical, evanescent, suspended.
The elements that refer to the classical era are made in Marmo di Rima a nineteenth-century decorative technique created in Rima (Italy) a tiny mountain village placed in the Alps.
Marmo di Rima has been used in the project to reproduce and reinterpret a series of extinct natural marbles, which was found in the various archaeological sites visited, including Baalbek in Lebanon, Volubilis in Morocco, Delphi, Olympia, Athens in Greece, Valle dei Templi in Sicily and Archaeological Parks of Rome, just to name a few.
The result of this research-based and process-oriented work is a collection of contemporary ruins, freely deconstructed and reconstructed, imaginary simulacra, programmed artifices, which become functional to the post-archaeological message conveyed.
As the anthropologist Marc Augè wrote in “Le temps en ruines”:
“Their incompleteness contains a promise. The feeling of passing time […] a sense of time that is even more stimulating and exciting because it is irreducible to history, awareness of lack, expression of absence, pure desire”.
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