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From nature to the work, the metaphysics of art

Contemporary Art | Since 1975, the Italian artist Claudio Parmiggiani has traced, step by step, a secret path of perennial works in the countryside. Each of them, commissioned publicly or privately, is created in deep intimacy with the spirit of a place, in a trajectory of eternity. The cartography of an initiatory journey.

Claudio Parmiggiani, ‘‘Luce, Luce, Luce‘‘, 2012, oeuvre réalisée à l’occasion du festival a-part 2012,  Domaine de Pierredon © Lucio Rossi
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Claudio Parmiggiani, "Luce, Luce, Luce", 2012, oeuvre réalisée à l’occasion du festival a-part 2012, Domaine de Pierredon
© Lucio Rossi

Four brick structures at the four cardinal corners of a temporal space : Collebeato in Italy (Clavis, 1975) Fisher Island in Egypt (Pietra, 1983), the Castle of Saint Géry in Rabastens in France (Torre, 1989) and Sobotka in the Czech Republic (Casa sotto la luna, 1991) are the four mystical components of a single work, Une Sculpture. A sphere made of earth bearing the imprints of the artist is buried for ever in the cloisters of the Saint Pierre museum in Lyon (Terra, 1989).
At the heart of the Parc de in Strasbourg, (Il bosco guarda e ascolta, 1984-90).
In Cœtquen Square in the city of Rennes, a fountain of still water invites the walker to approach to look at their own reflection, whilst traversing the space-time continuum.
In a deserted region in the centre of Iceland stands an iron lighthouse, physical and metaphorical, which evades the sailors’ view to diffuse its spiritual light, a fixed light in the middle of a lunar earth (Il faro, 2000).
An alchemical fountain in the square of the church of Aubigné-sur-Layon in Anjou, a mysterious object evoking a luminous celestial globe, opens once a year during local heritage day to let flow the liquid gold of the wine of Layon (La fontaine d’Aubigné, 2008).
In the Alpilles, from a small hill resembling antique architecture, arises a metaphysical and immaterial ladder, a luminous projection towards the sky which lifts the gaze and leads it in a pœtic journey through the continuum of day and night, on the voyage of the moon and the sun, and the turning of the seasons (Luce, Luce, Luce, 2012).

Nina Rodrigues-Ely
Publié le 22/12/2012
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Claudio Parmiggiani, “Luce, Luce, Luce“, 2012, oeuvre réalisée à l’occasion du festival a-part 2012,  Domaine de Pierredon © Lucio Rossi La fontaine d’Aubigné, 2008 © Claudio Parmiggiani/Aubigné-sur-Layon Claudio Parmiggiani, La fontaine d’Aubigné, 2008 © DR

Claudio Parmiggiani, "Luce, Luce, Luce", 2012, oeuvre réalisée à l’occasion du festival a-part 2012, Domaine de Pierredon
© Lucio Rossi

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