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Opera, the monument to contemplation by Tresoldi in Reggio Calabria

February 18, 2021
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Opera, the monument to contemplation by Tresoldi in Reggio Calabria

 

A monument to contemplation. Opera is the name of the new spectacular, permanent installation created by Edoardo Tresoldi and recently inaugurated on Reggio Calabria’s seafront, in Italy.

Consisting of a colonnade of 46 pillars peaking at 8 meters located in a 2,500-square meter park, the open wire-mesh structure is accessible to both locals and visitors so Opera is a fully crossable new landmark designed to become one of the largest European public spaces.

Using pillars, the project creates a courtly frame, a sort of mental agora, leading the visitors, and generating a path of discovery, contrast, and harmony while, establishing a direct relationship between earth and sky, the installation encourages a dialogue between both overlapped entities, the park and the colonnades, between light and shadow.

Commissioned by the local Municipality and the Metropolitan City, according to Tresoldi Opera is “a public art intervention created to celebrate the contemplative relationship between place and human beings through the language of classical architecture and the transparency of the Absent Matter”.