The Chianti Sculpture Park is located in Pievasciata ca. 10 kilometres north of Siena and it is a permanent exhibition of contemporary installations and sculptures. It is a private initiative of Piero and Rosalba Giadrossi, both lovers of modern art. About 15 years ago they had the idea of an approximately 7-hectare virgin and already fenced wooded area, which was home from 1991 of a wild boar breeding, to use as an exhibition space.
The mission of the park is the integration between art and nature. In order to realize it the artists were invited one by one, to visit the wood, to choose a spot and to make a site – specific proposal in harmony with nature. Every piece is site – specific, in the sense that has been created for the Chianti Sculpture Park after an inspection of the artist. This means that the combination of the works and the trees, the sounds, the colours, the light and any other natural element is total.
WHERE ART AND NATURE MEET
Along a trail of one km in length, with some picnic areas, are works by artists from all around the world: Argentina, Australia, Colombia, South Korea, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, Greece, Indonesia, India, England, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland , Turkey, USA and Zimbabwe. Varied are the materials used – iron, travertine, marble, bronze, glass, fiberglass, etc.- The result is a wide variety of sculptures and installations that represent each different cultures.
The visitor meets, inter alia, the rainbow of Federica Marangoni Italian artist whose arch of colored light offers a spectacular contrast to the green nature, an impressive ship keel of volcanic rock by the Turkish artist Kemal Tufan and a labyrinth with an 80 metres long trail.
The application Chianti Park works as multimedia guide through the park and can be downloaded for free from the Apple Store or from Google Play.
In the Amphitheater of the park takes place concerts, in a magical atmosphere, from June to august various styles of music from classical music to jazz to tango are proposed.
Moreover, Pievasciata, the small village near by the park has been transformed into Borgo d’Arte Contemporanea – Hamlet of Contemporary Art. Between the sculptures is possible to see “Metropolitan Ostriches” a man and a woman, each 5.60 m high, put their heads between the branches of two cypress trees, a horse from Corten steel entitled “Palio”, which is reminiscent of the famous horse race in Siena or “ChiantiClassico”, a large wine bottle of volcanic rock.
The project was developed in cooperation between the non-profit cultural association Amici del Parco, the municipality of Castelnuovo Berardenga and the Tuscany region. At the installation of the sculptures both public institutions and private persons were involved. The aim is to make more interesting and beautiful the region, which is already famous for its wine and its picturesque villages.
Curator Dr. Piero Giadrossi
Address / Contact: Loc. La Fornace S.P. 9, 53010 Pievasciata (Siena). Tel. + 39 0577 357151. Fax + 39 0577 357149. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.chiantisculpturepark.it
Opening Hours: Every day from 10:00 a.m. to the sunset. From November to March it is advisable to call first 0577-35.71.51.
Admission fee: Full 10,00 €. Reduced 5,00 € (under 16 years old)
How to get to the Park:
Milan-Rome highway: Firenze Impruneta- Bottai exit. Superstrada to Siena: Siena Nord exit. Left onto SS222, towards Castellina and then take a right turn after 1.5 km towards Vagliagli. Drive for about 8 km. and then turn right towards PIEVASCIATA. It is a country road and you will find the Park at your right after about 4 km. From Rome: drive the Superstrada around Siena until you find the Siena Nord exit. Then follow the instruction above.