“La Palomba” Sculpture Park, art and anthropology carved in tuff stone
According to its author, the “La Palomba” Sculpture Park in Matera – located in the Natural Historical Archaeological Regional Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera and Montescaglioso – is a “work of anthropology”.
During his apprenticeship at Milan’s Brera Academy, Apulian artist Antonio Paradiso studied under the great Pistoia-born sculptor and painter Marino Marini.
Born in 1936, he traveled extensively and moved around the Sahara desert and tropical Africa for two decades, studying paleoanthropology in depth to form a solid scientific base for his artistic work.
The “La Palomba” Sculpture Park extends over six hectares of an old tuff stone quarry, thus deeply connecting to the traditional use of this material in the architecture of Matera. Enjoy a walk around its pleasant itinerary, dotted with Paradiso’s works, mostly in steel and limestone.
The Park also regularly hosts temporary exhibitions dedicated to international artists.