A wire mesh Paleochristian Basilica
“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.
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