6. “Viaggio nell’illusione”

Arianna Tomatis, architect

The concept

As in a vortex, you are sucked into the spiral which, with its mirroring walls, confuses you. Optical illusion and bewilderment lead you into the Garden of Eden, a symbol of seduction, between the colours of the grasses and the large maple.

The interview

What is the last book you read? And what will be the next one?
The last one was: L’Erbario di Barbanera, Enrica Bizzarri, Fabrizio Chiappavento, Monica La Torre, Donato Loscalzo, Olga Maggiori, Marcella Rossi. The next one will be: My herbarium by Maurice Mességué.

Your next trip?
I would like to go to Peru and on the return trip make a stop in Santiago de Chile to see my friends again.

Favourite colour?
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?
Strelitzia reginae. I think that the nickname commonly given to it, “Bird of Paradise”, is definitely suitable. It is a delicate, refined and elegant plant.

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 chaos.

What is seduction for you?
A form of illusion used to deceive.