The garden develops inside and outside an orangery where vegetation is upside down. This project aims to represent the path of the protagonists of fairy tales: the outside, incipit where everything is normal, and the inside, where a strong revolution in history transforms the hero into such. In between there is a sacrifice: the renunciation of the traditional vision and the acceptance of the garden upside down. Bamboo with its verticality is a symbol of union between the two dimensions.
Projetc and set up
Ilaria Menici for Mema Giardini . Pistoia (Pt) . memagiardini.it
Companies that contribute to the realization of the project
Orvieto Arte . Orvieto (Tr) . orvietoarte.it
Pura Luce . Sesto Fiorentino (Fi) . paraluce.com
What is the last book you read? And what will be the next one?
“L’arte della gioia” (The art of joy) by Goliarda Sapienza. The next one will be “Abbiamo sempre vissuto nel castello” (We have always lived in the castle) by Shirley Jackson.
Your next trip?
I wish I could soon go to Japan, a mysterious place, where history and myth intersect to create a fascinating and mysterious culture.
All the warm colours of autumn, from yellow to orange, from brown to vermilion to dark green. I love them because they warm the soul and create a union between the earth and the sky.
What is the plant that matters most to you?
Surely the Beech, keeper of knowledge.
Where would you live?
Anywhere as long as it is among nature and surrounded by many animals.
What is your favourite historical era?
I am very fascinated by the years of the industrial revolution, because of the deep socio-cultural transformations involved but above all for how they changed the appearance of cities.
Can you describe in short a scene that represents “beauty and elegance” for you?
The engravings by Giovan Battista Piranesi “The Views of Rome” depicting classical ruins overwhelmed by a nature slowly taking shape again.
What is a garden for you?
A place where respect and care become the real protagonists.
What is the fairy tale for you?
For me the fairy tale represents bond and evolution; these tales, narrated from generation to generation, are real cultural links. Furthermore, the scheme of these narratives suggests a way to live life actively in order to be the best version of ourselves.