MAURIZIO DI CURZIO
What is a ‘forest mind’ like? This is the title of the “Forest Graal” ecological competition held during the Fuorisalone event in Milano and at Expo 2015. “From the moment I read the announcement, the idea hit me,” declared Maurizio Di Curzio, landscape architect, graphic and web designer. “IBosco” takes the form of a quincunx, and a brain (as is etched on the collective imagination). Cylindrical, polycarbonate structures, which are backlit and transparent (trunks), connect the woodland installation (ground) with the brain, where a tangle of ropes mass together, and there are bundles of LED and neon lights on two higher levels (sky). Maurizio took part in the contest and won, and then put it on display at “Green Utopia 2015” in Milano. “I really had a lot of fun, as we architects often do, in following the process from its conception to its completion, with all its modifications along the way”.The bolt of lightning that cuts through the concept to create a product never happens by chance. Without them knowing, it can connect people and places that nourish one another with their kindred intuition. The one which, even though if it emanates differently from material structures, it descends as one from the essential matrix. Nature (first circle) and Artifice (second circle) in the Third Paradise painting by Michelangelo Pistoletto’s can and must live together in harmony. So, for Maurizio, the Mediterranean forest live together with the hitech 3.0 forest, endowed with its own artificial life, Wireless and Wi-Fi connectivity. The lightning struck the fertile earth, placing the bolt that carved up the ground in the San Francesco Forest in Assisi (third circle). In this way, the digital, cylindrical structures of the “iBosco”, take their energy from the sky. Two protected gardens are redefining the boundaries of the “generative womb of new humanity”.
The story has been written by Maria Teresa Sammarco, writer.
Di Curzio and his digital forest – nature and artifice blended to create a balance between the obsolete and hi-tech 3.0.