Friedman’s “No Man’s Land” in Abruzzo
Yona Friedman, an extraordinary architect born in Budapest in 1923, has chosen Abruzzo to give shape to his own visionary artistic theories: it was the most congenial territory for his “No Man’s Land”, which he created following a preference for humble materials and great care for free fruition of art and a sense of community.
The impressive, site-specific installation – inaugurated last May 14th in Loreto Aprutino, Pescara, in a private space of over two hectares – is open and made available to the general public. It includes a giant natural tapestry with a special prehistoric flavor, drawn with thousands of white river stones, a museum without walls built with bamboo canes, and a mysterious dictionary engraved on the trunks of 200 walnut trees.
This great open-air museum was built in collaboration with French artist Jean-Baptiste Decavèle, the ARIA Foundation, students of the Fine Arts Academies in L’Aquila and Rome, the Faculty of Architecture of Pescara and various local art schools.
The newly formed No Man’s Land Foundation is entrusted with the future of this beautiful site, which in keeping with Friedman’s philosophy will become a meeting point for new and diverse activities.