A bamboo labyrinth shrouded in fog for an immersive experience in search of oneself. Following the path, visitors retrace their life from birth to the present moment, encountering brighter and darker areas, which respectively symbolize the happiest or saddest moments. Arriving at the centre, they are dazzled by a strong light which, as in the happy ending of every fairy tale, represents their personal fulfilment: on the spiritual side, the achievement of happiness, on the material side, the completion of the path.
Arianna Tomatis . Mondovì (Cn) . ariannatomatis.com
Companies that contribute to the realization of the project
Miretti Giardini . Busca (Cn) . mirettigiardini.com
Plants nurtured by
Made in Bamboo . Torino (To) . madeinbamboo.com
In the labyrinth
“The singing bamboo labyrinth”
Interactive sound installation by the artist and composer Piergiorgio Ratti | piergiorgioratti.com
The loudspeakers inside the labyrinth amplify a musical composition generated by the plants that make up the labyrinth itself and interact deeply with the environment and with visitors. The responses to external stimuli are translated into sounds, organized in space to give life to a sound path.
What is the last book you read? And what will be the next one?
The last one: The Dry Gardening Handbook by Olivier Filippi.
The next one: Naturalistic Planting Design: The Essential Guide by Nigel Dunnett.
Your next trip?
Dark yellow. It is a colour that brings me back to the sun and heat, to happiness, well-being and joy of life.
What is the plant that matters most to you?
Miscanthus sinensis (all varieties).
Where would you live?
In Italy. It doesn’t matter in which region, but in Italy. I love Chile and have loved it all the year I have lived there, but I can’t see any future over there.
What is your favourite historical era?
The eighteenth century, specifically the artistic current of Neoclassicism.
Can you describe in short a scene that represents “beauty and elegance” for you?
The scene where Love embraces Psyche and approaches her to kiss her. The work par excellence that represents the scene is, in my opinion, “Amore e Psiche” by Antonio Canova.
What is a garden for you?
An island of peace out of the chaos: a place to take refuge, find comfort, feel welcomed, feel protected, let yourself go, feel free; a place to admire, learn, touch, listen, hear, notice, see, observe, smell, taste.
What is the fairy tale for you?
The fairy tale, for me, is a fantastic narrative set in a magical and surreal world, characterized by particular characters and centred on paradoxical, absurd and meaningless events.
The first that came to my mind, reading the announcement, was “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, and it is also from it that I was inspired for my project.