Italian artist Andreco recently finished a mural in Florence, Italy. Arno – Imaginary Topography, a 350 square meters site-specific intervention located in the central courtyard of Manifattura Tabacchi. It is his first public artwork after the lock-down. The work, curated by Caterina Taurelli Salimbeni (MIM – Made in Manifattura), represents an imaginary topography beginning from the shape of the Arno river. The public art project is a tribute to the environment and to those suggestive landscapes in Tuscany where the work is located. This artwork is also part of the wider Andreco’s art project on river ecology, green spaces and environmental advocacy.
“For me the concrete form in the courtyard suggests an imaginary topography, a geological and morphological study for a future landscape. The floor-drawing wants to be a tribute to the territory, the geology, the rivers, the wetlands, the ecosystems, the unevenness of the Tuscan territories and to the place where it is located.” the artist said.
A variation of reds with a blue line in the center which represents the Arno river in the Florence district. An imaginative landscape determined by balanced blue elements. The shades of reds are inspired by the color of the bricks of the buildings. The painting deconstructs the architectural elements and smoothens the industrial architecture, re-establishing a new life and a new beginning.
Andrea Conte also known as Andreco works between art, science and social and environmental themes. Andreco is a visual artist and also an environmental engineer PhD specialize in sustainable resources management in different climate conditions. His artistic research is focused on the relation between humans and nature and between the built environment and the natural landscape. Since 2000 Andreco is researching between science, environmental sustainability, activism, urbanism, anthropology, ecology, philosophy, and symbolism, on the base of this transdisciplinary researches he creates his conceptual and visual language.
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