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THE MONSTER’S LEGEND

MADE BY THE HANDS OF OUR CRAFTSMAN

“A smooth and black monster, big snake-bodied and horse-headed. It’s the awful vision that could appear to anyone looking from Punta della Dogana. According to the legend, a dreadful creature, similar to a huge sea snake, hides in a hollow beneath this place, surely one of the most panoramic and evocative locations in Venice.

The black water monster, so it is known, is said to appear very rarely only in full moon nights, when the wind ripples

water and makes moving forms indistinguishable… The name “black waters’ monster” seems to come from its preference to come out when the basin water is very dark with no moonshine.”

(taken from “I segreti del Canal Grande” by Alberto Toso Fei)

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The birth


 

The lagoon monster is a magical creature based on venetian legend which has taken concrete form
through the combined action of positive and pro-active forces: architects, designers, craft workers and
master glassmakers have all become involved in an extraordinary venture, in a search for a new form
of expression to create communication and interaction between two ancient, opposite materials: water
and glass. The result is a marine creature whose form and essence are inspired by its place of origin – the Venice Lagoon – as depicted in his book by Alberto Toso Fei, a traveller, journalist and expert on Venetian history.

Designed by Architect Simona Marta Favrin, made of a stainless steel skeleton and it be coated by a skin of Murano glass scales created by the Glassmaker Nicola Moretti, with the supervision of Gianluca Orazio.

The lagoon monster is a magic creature, exhibited in its natural environment, namely water.
It is exhibited in its natural setting: water.
It’s 6,5 m long and 115 cm large, with a maximum height by 110 cm, immersed in a pool. A complex and innovative technological system supported by automation, designed and developed by Forme d’Acqua and Arentech+In Light, water and white LEDs lighting at different temperatures, make the creature alive and pulsating.

Featuring an exclusive technological soul that lives through a pulsing heart and breathing in water, the lagoon monster live its own life, hanging halfway between earth, air and sea.
The lagoon monster has a stainless steel skeleton made by Somfer moulded patiently by skilled smiths and be covered with a skin of Murano glass scales made by the master Nicola Moretti using the ancient “Vetro Murrino” technique, which he has expertly and proficiently reworked and brought up to date.

Discover the stages


 

Edited by Gabriella Belli e Chiara Squarcina
6 October 2016– 8 January 2017
Murano Glass Museum

After the February 2011 preview at the Tenuta Agricola di Cavallino Treporti, Venice, with an exhibition that attracted 1700 visitors upon invitation in 12 hours, “the lagoon monster” has reemerged from Punta della Dogana, in Venice, in the charming location Magazzini del Sale, in conjunction with the 54th Art Biennale.

Then it has been exposed in the beautiful setting of Art Museum of Ravenna, at the International Mosaics Festival. In Spring 2012 the monster was hosted in the magic city, Istanbul, in the magical atmosphere of the Yerebatan Cistern, the Underground Cistern that was constructed at the time of Byzantine Empire in order to meet the water needs of the city.

After the exposition to Bologna, in September 2013, to Milano in November 2014 and in the summer of 2016 at the Villa dei Vescovi – FAI, the Lagoon Monster will re-emerge at the exhibition “Murano Oggi “, edited by Gabriella Belli and Chiara Squarcina, hosted in the cradle of artistic glass: the Glass Museum of Murano, from October 6, 2016 to January 8, 2017.

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Project specifications

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size: 6500 x 1150 x H1100 mm
structure: stainless steel AISI 316
overall weight of the work: 250 kg
setting: water pool 8,000 x 4,000 x h120 mm
created in: 2011

THE MONSTER’S JOURNEY

A long journey from Cavallino Treporti

Le tappe

2016
6 October

The exhibition “MURANO OGGI”

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The lagoon monster back into the waters from which it is born and re-emerges in the artistic glass cradle: the Glass Museum of Murano, host of the exhibition : "MURANO OGGI. Emozioni di vetro" 6 October 2016 – 25 April 2017 Murano Glass Museum - Spazio Conterie Murano Venice Read more about the lagoon monster...
11 September

“GLASS. Arte del vetro oggi”

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The Lagoon Monster emerged at the exhibition "Glass - Arte del vetro oggi", edited by Jean Blanchaert. May 24 the work has reemerged in Luvigliano di Torreglia, Padua: his voice is echoed in the beautiful Villa dei Vescovi - FAI until September 11, 2016. Read more about the lagoon monster...
2014
27 September

Villa Necchi FAI, Milano

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November 27, 2014 - January 6 2015 “L’arte del vetro oggi in Italia” edited by Jean Blanchaert Villa Necchi Campiglio, Milan Read more about the lagoon monster...
2013
23 September

Bologna Water Design

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From 23 to 28 September 2013, the work has re-emerged at the Bologna Water Design, his voice was echoing in the historic walls of the ex-Hospital Bastardini. 23 - 28 September 2013 Bologna Water Design Ex Ospedale Bastardini, Bologna Read more about the lagoon monster...
2011
8 October

Ravenna

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In autumn 2011 the monster was exposed in the in the beautiful setting of the Museo di Arte della città di Ravenna, at the International Mosaics Festival. MAR - Art Museum of Ravenna Read more about the lagoon monster...
4 June

Venice

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5 June - 30 September 2011 Magazzini del Sale Fondamenta delle Zattere, Dorsoduro , Venice Read more about the lagoon monster...
26 February

Cavallino Treporti – Venice

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The presentation of this creature required a specific context, unique in its kind in this area, where the raw flavour of industrial archaeology meets the charm of the modern. That is why we asked to have the refrigerating rooms of the Tenuta Agricola del Cavallino, built in 1943 and used until the late '60ies to store the fruit grown on the lagoon area. Read more about the lagoon monster...

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We fell in love with this job: realizing unique artworks, able to touch the public. This give us the chance to grow up together is this eternal pursuit of beauty. If you like beautiful and well done design objects and want to explore the potentiality of water features, come to see us.