Daniel Spoerri’s Garden in Seggiano, Grosseto, is dotted with works by contemporary artists, like an airy and green labyrinth of shapes where you might feel a little lost, a little dizzy.
Right at the entrance, the Latin motto “Hic terminus haeret” might leave you a little disoriented. It’s from Virgil’s “Aeneid”, Book IV, and evokes both something that is set in stone forever and something written in the sand: ‘terminus’ means “end”, “boundary”, an immutable line drawn by Jupiter; the verb ‘haeret’ has different meanings depending on context, but can be translated as “to hesitate”, “to have doubts”, “to be confounded”, “to be perplexed”.
Indeed, everything in the Garden seems open and flowing. In the 1960s, the Latin word for “flow” became the name of the Neodadaist group Spoerri belonged to, Fluxus. The movement’s artists loved to “improvise their works allowing everything to flow – hence the name ‘Fluxus’ – as if to express that life flows, without rules and full of unforeseen events” (translated from F. Bonami, “Lo potevo fare anch’io”, Mondadori, Milan 2010).
In this Garden of art, the unforeseen reveals itself with beautiful surprises. For instance, among the many contemporary talents who contributed their works to this special place – including Roberto Barni, Giampaolo di Cocco, Eva Aeppli, Nam June Paik, Luigi Mainolfi, Meret Oppenheim, Jesús-Rafael Soto, as well as Spoerri himself, of course) – you might stumble upon Wolfgang Goethe’s “Good Luck Stone”, which is a copy of the sculpture the German poet had installed in his garden in Weimar.
Come see everything flow in beauty, in Daniel Spoerri’s Garden.