For almost thirty years, Arte Sella in Borgo Valsugana, Trento, has entertained a constant, fruitful conversation with both creativity and nature.
Back in 1986, three friends – from this town nestled between two mountains and facing the river Brenta – come together with the goal of exploring the “art in nature” concept. They invited contemporary artists to freely create works that were completely unhinged from mainstream codes and canons.
Since then, and especially after 1990 – when that original idea formally turned into the Arte Sella Association – over three hundred artists answered their call.
The association now includes creatives as well as “laymen” who, according to their own skills and inclinations, take care of the organization and management. Over time, the Contemporary Art Festival they hold annually has become an international landmark, and so has the “Artenatura” path – which unravels on the side of the Armentera, allowing visitors to enjoy works of art and the natural environment at the same time.
In fact, time has erased many of the works that had been set up. All is well as long as the path echoes with Monet’s words,
I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, and then there is that river that shrinks, swells again, green one day, then yellow, sometimes almost dry, and which tomorrow will be a torrent.