Pievasciata is B.A.C.: Borgo di Arte Contemporanea (hamlet of contemporary art).
This project, developed by the Cultural Association FRIENDS OF THE PARK, the Region of Tuscany, the Province of Siena and the city of Castelnuovo Berardenga, will see the installation of a dozen art works at Pievasciata and the surrounding area. The idea is to involve both families and institutions in displaying works of art on their own land with a view to enhancing a specific area such as Chianti, already famous for its wine and picturesque old villages.
Up to now ten works have been installed, four on home territory and five on privately-owned land.
'Large Broom' - Massimo Turato (Italy). The five metre broom is installed at an intersection of four roads. It can easily be seen by those coming from Siena or Vagliagli. The broom is made of iron (for those in the know 270 metres of 6 mm rods were used). There are plans to light it up at night using a small solar panel.
Sponsored by: Borgo Scopeto
"Peppers" - Piero Giadrossi (Italy). These peppers in resin were the brainchild of Piero Giadrossi, subsequently realized in a 3D design, moulded, resined and varnished by various suppliers in the Cremona area. They could also be named 'Homage to Claes Oldenburg', the Swedish artist famous for his food and objects in large dimensions. Two metres high, this work is found along the SP 9 from Vagliagli towards Pievasciata, at the crossroad for San Sano. Sponsor: Cultural Association Friends of the Park
'Chianti Classico' - Edi Susilo (Indonesia). The bottle, from a single block of volcanic lava, pays homage to the main product of this region: wine. Three metres high, it is on land owned by the Province of Siena on the SP 408 (provincial road) which links Siena to Gaiole in Chianti, at the crossroad to San Sano and Pievasciata.
Sponsor: Province of Siena
'Homage to the Palio' - Sandro Bessi (Italy). This horse in steel cut by laser to a scale of 1:1 by the company Comege di Monteriggioni, is a tribute to nearby Siena and its Palio. The work is particularly interesting at night, when its lighting seems to give life to the horse making its rusty colour even more like a real bay horse. The work can be seen on the SP 9 between Pievasciata and the Chianti Sculpture Park.
Sponsor: Olivato Family
"Peace" - Fabio Zacchei (Italy). The gun, tied with a knot, represents a powerful symbol against violence. Made of iron and stainless steel by the blacksmith/artist Fabio Zacchei from Castelnuovo Berardenga, it is 7.11 metres long and weighs some 250 kilos. The traffic island in the middle of Pievasciata is a perfect place to install this work. In a few simple curves this symbol conveys the most fervent prayer of humanity: not victory, but peace. Sponsor: The Region of Tuscany
'Incommunicability' - Piero Giadrossi (Italy). Inside two original telephone booths from England are two mannequins, a man and a woman, telephoning, instead of opening the doors and talking to each other. The work is positioned on land owned by the Comune di Castelnuovo Berardenga opposite the Pieve di San Giovanni Battista in Pievasciata, now completely abandoned. It represents a negative effect of progress, where there is a tendency to communicate by telephone and computer instead of speaking face to face. Sponsor: District of Castelnuovo Berardenga
'Warhol in Chianti' - Elia Casini (Italy). This mosaic is made of 116.000 transparent glass tiles the back of which is painted with Pantone colours. The outstanding symbol of traditional viniculture, the bunch of grapes, is rendered in the contemporary manner of Andy Warhol and his famous paintings by the young graphic designer Luca Bessi. The 3.60 metre wide panel is fixed on the Enel cabin at Pievasciata. Sponsor: The Region of Tuscany and the cultural association Friends of the Park
'The Colours of Chianti' - Antonella Farsetti (Italy). The artist wanted to show the typical colours of Chianti by reproducing them in tempered glass. There is earth, vine, grape, oil, the sky and the colours of the Black Cockerel. If you look carefully you can even see a bunch of grapes, two bottles, an olive branch … It has been positioned so that light passes through the work and you can admire Siena in the distance. Sponsored by: l'Azienda Agricola Tolaini
'Metropolitan Ostriches' - Yu Zhaoyang (China). The originals, computer graphically designed by the Chinese artist, look into the windows of a skyscraper. The vice-president of the Province of Siena, Alessandro Pinciani had the idea of placing them among cypress trees. The two figures were created in aluminium by the company Essemme from Colle Val d'Elsa, then painted by Maurizio Fusi. They measure 5.60 metres and are anchored in cement bases. The work is positioned along the road to Catignano between Pievasciata and Ponte a Bozzone. Sponsor: Bruna Baroncini's Azienda Agricola Casuccio Tarletti
Eric Tito Villegas
'Virgen Negra' - Eric Tito Villegas (Bolivia). It's a contemporary version of a traditional votive shrine like many can be found in the Chianti area. "Virgen Negra" is an artwork by Bolivian artist Eric Villegas and it is positioned on a block of local travertine, protected by slabs of black granite. Sponsor: the Cultural Association Friends of the Park