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The lagoon monster at VISION Milan Glass Week

Milan, October 5th 2021

 

With the work of art and cleverness “The lagoon monster “, the artistic glass of Murano becomes the protagonist of Vision Milan Glass Week

 

The work of art and cleverness “the lagoon monster ” returns for the second time in its journey to Milan, on the occasion of Vision Milan Glass Week, becoming an artistic installation and main protagonist of Piazza Gae Aulenti, the beating heart of the event and place where the main workshops and shows will take place, all open to the public.

 

The lagoon monster“, the work of art and cleverness created with the involvement of creative, professional and artisan realities of the Venetian area, is a formidable adventure in which art, design and technology come together. In his long journey between the main Italian and foreign locations, between 5 and 8 October 2021 it will return for the second time to Milan, thanks to Forme d’Acqua Venice Fountains and the collaboration with the Consorzio Promovetro Murano, the most important reality sector association that operates in Venice for the promotion and protection of Murano Artistic Glass. In 2014 we appreciated it in the exhibition “The art of glass today in Italy”, curated by Jean Blanchaert, at Villa Necchi Campiglio-FAI, but soon, from Tuesday 5 October, it will re-emerge from the waters to show itself in Piazza Gae Aulenti in occasion of Vision Milan Glass Week, the flagship collateral event of Vitrum 2021, the event aimed at the excellence of glass.

In these four days Piazza Gae Aulenti becomes The Square, the beating heart of Vision Milan Glass Week which will host events, workshops, presentations, networking, conferences and shows, all open to the public and treated through the sustainable vision of the world seen through the lens of glass. In The Square the lagoon monster will be an artistic installation and the main protagonist of the event: its long body will resurface from the waters and its voice will echo among the buildings and streets of Milan, an endless echo that refers to the sound of the abyss and the waves of the Venetian lagoon. Its epidermis is made of 191 artistic Murano glass scales, handmade by the Master Glassmaker Nicola Moretti, which conceal a steel skeleton and an innovative technological soul made by Forme d’Acqua Venice Fountains, the Cavallino-Treporti based company that designs and manufactures custom-made fountains.

Its design was conceived by the architect Simona M. Favrin – FavrinDesign, inspired by a legend that tells of a smooth and black monster, with a large snake body and a horse’s head, taken from “The Secrets of the Grand Canal” by Alberto Toso Fei, traveler, journalist and expert in Venetian history. Arch. Simona M. Favrin – FavrinDesign tells the birth of the monster in this way:

 

Each project stems from a challenge, in this case interpreting a legend, and from a passion, glass, one of the materials I prefer. The glass, behind its apparent fragility, has a strong, stubborn character that escapes total control, always reserving a margin of variability. I find this very fascinating: I like the idea of the open process, neither closed nor controlled until the moment the work is finished (and maybe not even then!). In the same way, I like the idea that the birth of a design work like this is made possible by the contributions of many figures who collaborate creatively and technically to give, in the end, a result that is much more than the sum of the individuals and that is , therefore, unexpected.”

 

Cultural consultant of the lagoon monster is Jean Blanchaert, gallery owner, curator and art critic, who has been following the monster since its first exhibition. For this second Milanese stop, Blanchaert says:

 

The lagoon monster, the result of the collaboration between the two artists, the architect Simona Marta Favrin and the master glassmaker Nicola Moretti, is an incredible being with an extraordinary personality, like that of King Kong.

This sculpture has already been exhibited in prestigious places, such as in Punta della Dogana in Venice, and when we had the singular opportunity to exhibit it in the waters of the Basilica Cisterna – Yerebatan Sarnıcı of Istanbul all the citizens flocked to admire the creature, endowed with a musical and visceral voice.

This in Piazza Gae Aulenti is the second Milanese stop for Martino (proper name of the monster of the lagoon), which was already exhibited at Villa Necchi in 2014 as part of an exclusive FAI exhibition.

When Mastro Geppetto created Pinocchio he would never have imagined giving life to a person, the same thing happened to the creators of Martino who, once realized, took his own path proving to have an intelligent and good soul.

 

In Piazza Gae Aulenti the lagoon monster will be a symbol of the mastery and craftsmanship that generate art, emotions and spectacle: thanks to the contribution of the Venetian’s creative, proactive and highly professional souls, this work of art and cleverness, which then independently continued her life moving from city to city to show herself to people in all her terrifying beauty.

The initiative is promoted by the Consorzio Promovetro Murano, the authority that manage the trademark of the Veneto Region “Vetro Artistico® Murano”. Since 2017, Promovetro has been one of the institutions part of the Organizing Committee of the international festival The Venice Glass Week, which is held every year in Venice to celebrate artistic glass. On the occasion of VISION Milan Glass Week, the work “The lagoon monster” creates an ideal bridge between Murano artistic glass excellence, represented by the Consorzio Promovetro Murano, and that of industrial glass represented by VITRUM.

 

The event

Vision Milan Glass Week

Milan, 5 – 8 october 2021

hours 10AM – 10PM

The art installation “the lagoon monster” will be exhibited in The Square, Piazza Gae Aulenti – Milan from Tuesday 5 October to Friday 8 October from 10AM to 10PM

 

For information:

 

Susanna Dei Rossi

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