Umberto Cavenago



In the spring of 1996 Umberto Cavenago begins to investigate the place he chose for his work: Montecchio. The artist had identified the place that best suited his work in the street crossing the entire old village, leading to its small church. The aim was to create a work that was conceptually significant but in practical terms not very visible. In fact, it can go completely unnoticed to a distracted observer.

The Reliefs are some bronze octagonal tiles dotting the cobblestone of the main street. Their position is not casual but reflects a specific pattern: the Hartmann grid, a magnetic grid that covers the entire surface of the Earth. Through its study, it is possible to highlight positive or harmful phenomena on human health. To create his project, Cavenago asked for the intervention of geobiologists, who located the radiant knots on which the artist intervened. He created and delivered a small explanatory leaflet for the inhabitants of Montecchio, following the beginning of the works, in order to answer the questions of the people and to explain the advantages they could obtain thanks to the work. They could benefit from it in positioning their furniture, heating or electrical systems by following the magnetic grid in the ground, after some simple calculations. Initially the population was perplexed, but after a while their relationship with the artist became cordial and some of them collaborated during the intervention. In addition to its scientific and technical aspect, the work comes together as one with the terrain, creating a sort of romantic relationship with the ground and inserting itself into the urban fabric in a subtle way, while the warm color of the bronze poetically refers to the ancient idea of sculpture.

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Artista Umberto Cavenago
Titolo Opera Reliefs
Data 1997
Tecnica Bronze
Tipologia Sculpture