• Agents of Change

    • Reflecting on the need for public spaces embellished with art in order to generate a healthy social dynamic.

    On sculptural parks and social transformation / 

    Many consider art to be medium for healing the life of any suffering individual, through aesthetical appreciation and the process of creation it entails, the soul and body find the nutrients they need to be in sync with a profound and renewing part. Adding to these qualities of art, the manifold benefits of nature, we create a supreme aesthetic experience that makes the spirit rejoice, connecting it with a remote past and with ulterior motives.

    Ancient civilisations recognised sculpture’s ability to harmonize with the landscape and to make it richer; the Greeks placed their gods towards the horizon so they could worship it. In Mesoamerica there are innumerable examples of outdoor ceremonial centres, the grand sculptures of Easter Island must have also been unparalleled ludic centres, comparable only to modern versions of sculptural gardens. The social importance given to the communion between art and nature found in outdoor sculptural gardens lies in the enriching encounters and subsequent dialogues that take place in these beautiful spaces, that can only inspire encouraging sensations; these could function as purifying lungs, not only for the environment, but also for the relationships between the inhabitants of large cities.

    We can only imagine the astonishment that wandering around 70,000 square metres and 120 works, spread out in the sculptural garden found in the Hakone Mountains in Japan produces; surrounded by pieces by masters such as Rodin, Bourdelle, Miro and Moore, among many others, making it an overwhelmingly inspiring spectacle. The New Zealander businessman, Alan Gibbs, founded Gibbs Farm in 1991, an impressive landscape where roughly 20 sculptural commissions are found, spread around the farm’s 1,000 acres. Some of the artists that have partaken thus far in the project are: Graham Bennett, Andy Goldsworthy, Ralph Hotere, Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt, Tony Oursler, Richard Serra and Richard Thompson, among others. One of the most beautiful parks of its kind, is located in France, the Centre International D'Art & Du Paysage, was designed by the architects Aldo Rossi and Xavier Fabre. The centre is devoted to the contemporary artistic development and experimentation, and is to this day, a renowned convergence point for creators.

    The latter are but a few examples of the beautiful sculptural parks, and although many exist, they do not seem to be enough. We urge the world’s residents to promote the importance of this type of spaces in the cities; we must generate art and culture that will rob the crime from our youth’s hands, placing them in a creative life, on the path to human development.

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