The Dialogue between Nature and Sculpture in the Radicamenti by Leonardo Nava

The Dialogue between Nature and Sculpture in the Radicamenti by Leonardo Nava
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From the facade of the former Church of San Sisto, which hosts the Studio Museo Francesco Messina, the “fibres of life”, similar to a body exuding energy, scramble into the church’s interior, helping orchestrate a dialogue between sculpture and nature. All about the building, the Radicamenti of Leonardo Nava find force and form, while the energy of his materials translates into a continuous mix of lines and structures, constantly recalling the regenerating power of nature, an example of public art brought out to the city, the very mission of the Studio Museo Francesco Messina. The installation of Nava is like a tree, a living sculpture of a living city that dialogues with the living rock, splitting its rigid geometric forms to intertwine them with its surroundings, comprised of sinuous and curvaceous forms, branches, knots, creating rhythmic vibrations, depth, shadow. For the artist - whose works appear in various public spaces between Trentino and Lombardy - the deeper sense of the project is the importance of the context of a work in defining its language to have a powerful environmental value. That of Nava, as the artist himself defines it, is “a work about process, lived with the awareness of being part of a natural process, which, through energy, has permitted its construction”. It all finds fulfilment in the material, “the means for entering the fibre of life and the substance of energy”.
Samantha De Martin - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano