When art turns green
Nature can be the ideal location to host works of art. The various sculpture parks scattered here and there in the region are the proof of a successful marriage between art and green spaces. There are surprising ancient places known for their artistic relevance to contemporary taste of their symbols, for the expressive force of works that "kidnap" the observer. This is the case of the most famous park of the region designed centuries ago but rich in fantasy suggestions, gothic atmospheres and "scary" stone works that "live": the Park of Monsters of Bomarzo, in the province of Viterbo, a "sacred" forest designed by architect Pirro Ligorio in 1552, a place that will make you feel like in a fairy tale, surrounded by mythological heroes, mysterious animals and fantastic monsters. A huge mask, looking fierce and with his mouth wide open is waiting for you at the entrance: this is the symbol of the Park. Next, the imposing "Colossus", the largest of the park, symbolizing the fight between the giants Hercules and Caco; the big turtle on top of which stands the figure of Nike, the winged victory goddess, looking almost scared at a whale emerging from the bowels of the land; the beautiful fountain of Pegasus and the various mythological sculptures that seem to talk to each other in this enchanted place.
Let's move to Calcata, in the province of Viterbo, in the Opera Bosco Park, an example of how art can be made only of nature, since here evry work of art is made with natural materials. The idea was developed by artist Anne Demijttenaere, who invented in 1996 this project to highlight how nature can be born from the magnificent works of art; it is the case of its impressive vertical elliptical door, made of 150 meters of lianas rolled and secured on a large branch of a fig tree. A sort of symbolic entrance, placed at the point where the original vines formed a wall that stopped the passage. Continuing the route, we find the work of Oriana Impei. The artwork is made of three stones symbolizing the three different stages of life and the indestructible soul of trees which, although burned, seek with their mighty branches to remain clinging to existence. Overlooking the sea there is an impressive megalith made of logs, symbol of a prehistoric whale emerged from the sea showing the promontory of Circeo. A wood art gallery, where everything is based on the respect for the laws of nature.
The Hortus Unicorni is located not far from Civita di Bagnoregio: an architectural garden where plants are the protagonists. designed by Luca de Troia, who has created real sculptures made of plants.
On the route back to Rome you cannot miss Villa Glori; in 1997 the Municipality of Rome, thank to the suggestions of art critic Daniela Fonti, introduced contemporary art installations, the work of creative like Giuseppe Uncini (Porta del Sole), Mauro Staccioli, Maria Dompè (Meditazione) and Paolo Canevari. The result: a wild park of contemporary sculptures with an irregular configuration, titled "Crossing the Threshold"; a way to make people understand that when you arrive in Villa Glori is possible to observe the merging of art and natural territory. And enter into a new creative dimension.