A large two-sided and slowly moving sun made of metal and gold leaf with the overlapping of hundreds of sickles by artist Nico Vascellari – now located on the Darsena shores – will be donated to the city of Milan.
After the donation of “Lullaby” by Maurizio Cattelan, Nico Vascellari, supported by glo™, will also donate a newly created artwork, titled “Falena,” to the city. A strong relationship between the Cultural Department of Milan, public art and artists continue to foster strong awareness about contemporary art in public spaces.
Talking about the artwork and the location, Nico Vascellari said: “Public sculptures, just like sunlight, cannot be avoided, and at the same time, the meanings behind them cannot be ignored.” The sun, the central element of the work, and the water, integral part of the installation, gives to people an effect of movement and circularity and invites to reflect on the importance of environmental issues.
Mr. Vascellari continued: “The sun as element of life, in this particularly difficult season, it creates a short circuit with the symbol of the scythe that tends to unite contrasting elements. The scythe also recalls a relationship between man and nature and does so through a circular movement. This sense of change and time can’t be blocked.”
“This work brings a great deal of reflection and it is hosted in a place that is not usually intended to host art” said Tommaso Sacchi, the Councillor for Culture of the City of Milan. “We are the first city in Italy with a public art office, a dedicated office directed by Marina Pugliese that brings with it a broad vision of the city depending on the proposals and the artists’ desire to tell different stories in the city,” he added.
The artwork is on view until September 22 on the Darsena shore within the project “Il Mare a Milano,” an archipelago of islands designed by Codalunga (Vascellari’s creative studio) with furnitures by the Milan-based NM3 design collective.
The work will be donated to the city of Milan at the end of the event but the councillor revealed to Milano Art Guide that a definitive location has not yet been decided, and they are considering whether it will be a museum or a public place.