After sponsoring the $2.4 million project of Trevi Fountain restoration, Fendi has presented another gift to Rome. This time, the fashion house has installed a site specific artwork by Italian artist Giuseppe Penone. As one of the members of “Arte Povera” movement, Penone is known for his works that revolve around man and nature.
For Fendi, Penone has created Foglie di Pietra (Leaves of Stone, 2016). The massive artwork consists of two bronze trees – 18 and 9 meter-tall respectively – with interlacing branches, lifted up at 5 meters from the ground a sculpted marble block weighing 11 tonnes.
“Evoking this double dimension in Largo Goldoni and talking about the “cultural tomorrow” of the capital city, the art of Giuseppe Penone also creates a new dialogue between history, the contemporary and the future. It is a further sign of a city that works, in many of its components, to give everyone back the right to freely enjoy the art and the benefits of scientific progress. Conditions these indispensable to its relaunch,” comments Luca Bergamo, Deputy Mayor of the City of Rome.
The artwork has been described as follows: “In Foglie di pietra, archaeology and ruins, history and biology are grafted one on the other, creating a permanent bond between nature and culture, celebrating a deep synthesis between the flowing of natural and human time where a sense of longing and a romantic nostalgia for lost civilizations are brought to the surface.”
The artwork, following its unveiling last week, is on display at Largo Goldoni, right outside Palazzo Fendi.