Ortus Artis 2006 International Design Competition”(progetto vincitore)–Certosa di Padula, Salerno
Place where the beauty of nature meets the imaginary inner man, the ‘Hortus conclusus represents a kind of earthly paradise, untouched and unspoiled, which assumes significance in the primary artistic idea underlying it.
The simplicity and sobriety of the space that we wanted to create for the visitor wants to be a call (vocation) reflection.
A vocation that this now appears increasingly at a disadvantage compared to the action, in a society such as that of the contemporary West, so focused on luxuries and materials.
The landscape created refers to the “desert” of Carthusian memory, understood as a precondition for spiritual reflection, free from any contamination unnecessary where “host” only drops from the sky.
Drops that fall as a distillate of the divine essence that fertilizes the earth, leaving small pools of ‘water, an oasis where the man can draw freely from an initial playful moment in which we merely reflects their image goes on to ask on its existence in time to arrive at the time in which to measure the introspective soul.
The observer, as if caught between a mirror and other, each time is drawing an original path through the three main grades of ‘cognition: understanding the world around it (the reflection of heaven and light), the knowledge of itself (the reflection of his own image), to an awareness of the human condition (reflection as an act of meditation).
In the background, the cypress trees, creating a gap between the inner space of the landscaped garden / individual and the exterior space of the village / collectivity, verticalizing the inner space inviting the man to transcend its material dimension, and to rise to heaven / God.
The installation involves the laying of cylinders initial containment of the land to the delimitation of the reserved area of the mirrors. The substrate is dry material reinforced with mesh netlon. The corrugated profile of the soil is modeled using a geogrid made of polypropylene that will arm the entire surface, to form the particular ripple on which tiles will be installed the layer of earth to cultivate mixed with lapilli fine particle size. Finally it will be placed in the lawn turf, Cynodon dactylon x traansvalensis species to form a very dense mat of gray-green. The cypresses are of our own variety pyramidalis. The mirror surface is made of stainless steel plates having an edge adapted to contain the water layer with recirculation system. The irrigation system provides for the installation of sprinklers dynamic and static. The night lighting is achieved by placing a tube (Flexo-LED) on the edge of the mirror.
- Promoter: BAPPSAE Superintendent of Salerno and Avellino curated by Achille Bonito Oliva
- Type of contest: Contest open to being online only
- Competition Official Site: http://www.newitalianblood.com/ortusartis/
- Project “Reflection”, First Prize
- Contest: 2006
- Implementation: 2007-2008
Project No. 1 published on Paysage – Monograph Supplement to the Journal in Ortus Artis Landscape Architecture # 1 – Paysage Publisher, Milan. 2008 magazine cover and pages. 67-68
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A dry tree
outside my window
lever in the cold sky
its branches brown.
The sandy wind, snow and frost
can not hurt him.
Every day that tree
gives me thoughts of joy:
from those dead branches
I guess the green to come.
(Ya Wang P’ing, AA.VV., Modern Chinese Poetry, ed. Reunion, 196)
The ficus religious , also sacred fig ,Bo (from the Sinhalese Bo), Pipal orAshwattha, is a species of banyan tree native of India, southwest China and Indochina to the east of Vietnam. It is a semi-evergreen tree, whose leaves falldeciduous in the dry season, up to 30 m tall, with trunk diameter up to 3 m. The leaves are cordate (ie, heart-shaped) with a particularly elongated tip; are 10-17cm long and 8-12 cm wide, with a petiole of 6-10 cm. The fruit is a small fig 1-1.5cm in diameter, green ripening purple.
Sri Maha Bodhi. The Sri Maha Bodhi is a famous example, which is located in theMahabodhi temple, it is known that that was planted in 288 BC, and this is the greatestage of a verified copy of the angiosperms, and any tree planted by man; bornBodhi tree under which Siddhartha Gautama is said to have meditated when he reached the bodhi (enlightenment) and became the Buddha, still now often the sadhus meditate under this tree.
This plant is considered “sacred” by believers of Hinduism, Buddhism andJainism, hence the name ‘Sacred Fig’.
The rooms are designed as glass cells, transparent on three sides facing the aquarium thus seem to be suspended in the water. The decoration, inspired by the colors and marine forms, causes the host to harmonize completely with the original element of his existence and to prepare to embark on a journey back to a second birth.
If in the dry atmosphere of the land the man observes the smooth surface and translucent water, takes it in the bowels of an ancestral longing, a desire to close down almost like a clam shell inside the shell and take place again in the womb. The water, which is sensitive to every soul and breath of wind, water and multiform deformed creature that pulsates in every cell life. Roars like music and envelops all fears, and refuting any dirt washes away the superfluous, leaving a sense of harmonious fulfillment. No longer feeling thirsty, as a growing fetus in the womb safe, muffled by all the dangers of the outside world. Then you can take risks and dare to be human.