Il Giardino delle Mele d'Oro (The Garden of the Golden Apples)
2025 Future Environment Human, Ex Cartiera Latina, Rome, Italy 2015.
Site-specific installation with three towers, each 100 x 300 cm. Concrete blocks, orange and lemon trees, wood.
The Garden of the Golden Apples comprise of tree monumental towers with orange trees on top. Inspired by the Greek myth of the garden of the Esperides, the work reflects on the physical and symbolic distance that men have built from nature and proposes the spectators to perceive such a distance by their own subjectivity. Confined in concrete towers, the Orange trees are protected and at the same time unreachable by the public. In 'Il Giardino delle Mele d'Oro', orange trees are living in fortified structures, unreachable to common people but still available to gods and heroes. In the actual context of crops being protected by copyright laws, this myth offers a contemporary metaphor of its symbolic value.
This project was made possible with the support of Associazione Culturale Seven O'Clock - Arte Fuori Luogo - Rome.
The festival 2025 Future Environment Human was curated by Sofia Francesca Micciche' and Giorgia Noto.