Edoardo Tresoldi creates ethereal wire mesh sculpture at Arte Sella

Artist Edoardo Tresoldi has partially filled the walls of Simbiosi – a ghostly wire-mesh sculpture on a hillside at the Arte Sella open-air museum in Italy – with rocks.

Located in Trentino Valley, the museum and sculpture park was hit with an unprecedented storm in October 2018, resulting in the destruction of various artworks and an upturned landscape.

Simbiosi is a five-metre-tall sculpted form recalling classical architecture that sits upon a hilltop created as a result of the storm.

Tresoldi's site-specific artwork depicts an architecture ruin sculpted using his signature wire mesh. The hollow walls of the mesh frame have been filled to varying levels with rocks.

Rectangular niche-like openings penetrate two facades of the wire cuboid mass, with two arched windows slicing through the other sides.

Triangular pediments framing the main openings are almost undetectable as they blend with the wire material from certain viewpoints.

Locally sourced rocks were poured through the open top of the sculpture into its walls and features, filling them to different levels.

Columns with square capitals within the internal space are also partially filled with rocks, allowing viewers to distinguish the layers and features of the structure.

Designed to "hybridise the absent matter", the stones also ground the transparent phantom mesh by simultaneously giving it a definitive, rational form.

For the artist, it was key to connect the spatial dimensions of the sculpture to the landscape of Arte Sella.

It offers a "space of rest and contemplation, suspended between the architecture, nature and temporal dimension" that draws a connection between the sculpture itself and the park.

"The artwork seems to challenge the force of gravity," explained Tresoldi. "It's like a body in suspension that levitates between consciousness and unconsciousness, between the material and immaterial world."

The Italian artist characteristically depicts monumental architecture in his wire mesh works, but cites the ruins of Simbiosi as a "character within the landscape, embodying the idea of dying architecture in the collective imagination".

However instead of depicting the chronological timeline of a building's deterioration, Tresoldi sees his artwork as a reconstruction, giving form to the structure rather than decaying it away.

It is the first work in his portfolio to use another material in addition to his distinct wire mesh formwork.

The sculpture was unveiled on 15 September, and is now a permanent sculpture at the Arte Sella park, where it's appearance will likely change over time, depending on weather conditions.

The outdoor museum has focused on showcasing the connection between nature and art for the last 30 years.

Kengo Kuma – known for works that reference nature – created a sculpture for the park in 2016, which is surrounded by pieces by other architects including Eduardo Souto de Moura, Michele de Lucchi, and Ettore Sottsass.

Ancient architectural features are the focus of Matthew Simmonds' intricate marble and stone sculptures, whilst classical figures are comically turned on their heads in Sebastian Errazuriz's Functional Sculptures furniture collection.

Photography is by Robert Conte.

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