From September 21st to November 5th, in Piazza de Ferrari in Genoa, artist Gianni Lucchesi exhibits OPERAE. The installation, standing at 13 meters, is composed of 12 concrete cubes forming a tower, with a life-sized sculpture of a seated man gazing towards the horizon at its summit. The sculpture, designed specifically for Fuorisalone 2023, was created with the relationship between man and “building” in mind. OPERAE is strongly characterized by geometric and mathematical elements. The Fibonacci golden sequence marks the rotation of the cubes supporting the contemplative figure of the man. In fact, the cubes undergo a slight rotation near the sequence 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, whose sum is 12, which is also the height of the tower in meters. The golden markings that scratch the cement surfaces represent an increasing overlap towards the top of a Brunian seal.
The installation, which will be exhibited in Piazza de Ferrari until November 5th, was presented by Studio Rossetti Gallery.
“It all began with the desire to create an important project to present a unique, large work of art in the city, one that has never been seen before, capable of elegantly stimulating reflections on relevant and current issues. Piazza De Ferrari welcomes Gianni Lucchesi’s sculpture as proof that Genoa is one of the capitals of Italian culture,” explains Elisabetta Rossetti, owner of Studio Rossetti Gallery.
The OPERAE project was developed by Lucchesi in collaboration with Carlo Alberto Arzelà, Sandra Bozzarelli, Julia Caracciolo, and the Hangar studio. The artist worked on the construction solutions and aesthetic finishes of the cubes with the company Giannoni & Santoni. Lucchesi hand-shaped the resin sculpture. The human figure was created with the support of Poliart. The lighting was provided by Filotto, while the studio Ingegneria e dintorni designed the statics of the entire sculpture.
The Genoese installation saw the collaboration of the Municipality of Genoa, Chamber of Commerce, Confcommercio Genoa, and was sponsored by PSA Italy, the port company that manages three container terminals in Italy between Venice and Genoa, and partner companies I.M.S. S.p.A., Ticketcrociere, and Dpsonline.
Artist: Gianni Lucchesi
Collaborators: Giannoni & Santoni, Arzelà Studio Architettura, Sandra Bozzarelli, Julia Caracciolo, Hangar
Technical Sponsors: Ingegneria e dintorni and Poliart
Location: Piazza de Ferrari, Genoa
Dates: September 21st to November 5th, 2023