The “Fiumara d’Arte” Park – in Sicily, between Tusa and Santo Stefano di Camastra, in the province of Messina – was born out of surprise.
Its founder, Antonio Presti, explains: “I am here to be surprised… surprise is the beginning and the end – yet the journey from starting point to finish line is not worthless. I can admire moss, a crystal, a flower, the cloudy sky, or the sea as it breathes in and out like a placid giant… and every time I am able to live in harmony with a fragment of nature, thanks to my eyes or to any other of my senses, or every time I am attracted and charmed by that fragment, I open up for an instant – and I forget, for that moment, the greedy, blind world of human limitations. Instead of giving orders, conquering or exploiting, fighting or organizing, in that moment I do nothing but let surprise take over, and become the brother not only of all the poets and wise men of all time, but also of every object that I admire and experience as part of the living world…”.
It was 1982 when Presti – an art collector and lover of beauty – had the first idea for this open-air contemporary sculpture museum, currently the biggest in Europe. However, twenty-five years of legal tribulations would pass before the institutions finally gave recognition, in 2007, to that idea, which had in the meantime turned into a reality of public and shared art.
Today the “Fiumara d’Arte” Park – with works by Tano Festa, Pietro Consagra, Paolo Schiavocampo, Italo Lanfredini, Antonio Di Palma, Hidetoshi Nagasawa, Fabrizio Plessi and many more – has given this area a chance for surprise that many thought was lost forever.