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Piazza Rosa public art project in Italy

Date uploaded: September 16, 2014

Studio Fink has completed a temporary transformation of the Piazza Vecchia Renaissance square in Italy into a contemporary Piazza Rosa. As a key part of a major international landscape symposium Arketipos, held in Bergamo throughout September 2014 this historical square was transformed for two weeks into an outdoor living room as an event attracting tens of thousands of citizens and tourist of all ages. This year London based artist Peter Fink of Studio Fink designed its annual makeover in collaboration with Lucia Nusiner (Planting) and Maurizio Quargnale (Lighting).

Peter Fink’s design aims to renew the relationship between art and landscape design through a creative exploration of senses through a bold use of colour, shapes, smells, and texture of planting. The checkerboard of trees defines and cast its shadow at the edges of the square gradually making way for smaller perennials and grasses. The flower beds of the same colour as the surface on which they stand on, merge with the artificial turf in sloping, flared triangles. The raised beds contain a wide variety of herbal and medicinal plants with the trees and shrubs also chosen following the same criterion – that of healing and well-being.

People become an integral part of the set up, moving and occupying the space. The new place making helps to create informal day and night time spaces for relaxing and socializing as well as increase temporarily the dialogue with the surrounding urban grain. Besides creating a platform for meetings and events, and an attraction for people of all ages, the temporary transformation of a major historical square is thought-provoking act that directs public attention to the positive importance and the implications of place making and landscaping ideas.

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