A wire mesh Paleochristian Basilica

Edoardo Tresoldi, installazione rete metallica, Basilica paleocristiana di Santa Maria Maggiore di Siponto, a Manfredonia, in Puglia - wire mesh paleochristian basilica installation, Apulia

“I imagined being able to draw in the air”: in his mind, Edoardo Tresoldi saw the ancient Paleochristian Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Siponto, Manfredonia (Apulia), miraculously reborn from its ashes into a transparent, aerial vision.

He tried to make that vision come true. How? With a masterpiece of contemporary art in wire mesh, used to recreate the old Santa Maria Maggiore church which up until the Middle Ages used to stand next to the beautiful, 12th-century one we see today.

The twenty-nine-year-old Milanese artist used 4,500 square meters of metal mesh, weighing a total of 7,000 kilos, and spent three months directing a team of workers to give that raw material the diaphanous profile of the ancient Basilica, of which passing time has spared only a few fragments of the floor.

The 14-meter-tall permanent installation was funded by Apulia’s Regional Secretariat of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Archaeological Superintendence, which destined part of the structural funds of the Inter-Regional Operational Program to the redevelopment of this beautiful archaeological site.

Art out of thin air.

Photos via: ©www.behance.net/edoardotresoldi

May 4, 2016

A wire mesh Paleochristian Basilica

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