This wonderful museum at Borgo Alsugana, Italy, brings out the best of the Alpine setting —with artwork made entirely out of local materials like stones, leaves, and twigs.
Chandeliers are indeed a thing of beauty. Now imagine them hanging in the middle of an Italian forest. Wait, that's not all. It gets better -- it is actually made out of thousands of drops of rain, reports Travel And Leisure.
Of course, it is not an actual chandelier but the sculpture manages to hover around in an open-air museum that showcases over 30 work of art made out of things found inside the forest. This wonderful museum in Borgo Alsugana brings out the best of the Alpine setting —with artwork made entirely out of local materials like stones, leaves, and twigs.
But it is indeed artist John Garde's artwork that has stolen all the limelight. His latest piece, titled Reservoir, involves forest rainfall with a huge net structure suspended amongst the trees and it is made up of 5,000 droplets.
“I became most interested in the way rain falls through this grove of trees, the canopy delaying the droplet’s journey to the ground as well as how quiet and sheltered the forest was during a heavy rain,” John told Colossal. “I wanted to make a sculpture that responded to the rain directly as well as a sculpture that responded to people."
“I am probably most happy when out in the natural world so one of the primary things I aim to do with installations is drawing focus to aspects of what I love most about being in nature,” John later spoke to Bored Panda as well. “So with Reservoir, I hoped to illuminate the subtle grandeur of the way rain filters down through the tree canopy.”
John added that he wanted the sculpture to perfectly blend with nature and that it was inspired completely by the beauty of the forest. He added that his artwork will also help understand the patterns of rainfall and help in collecting the water. John was initially worried that birds might get caught in the sculpture or it might hurt them, but thanks to the netting, the shine of the droplet parts repel birds from flying into the sculpture.
John mentioned how his dream-sculpture took shape. “I came up with the idea for the project by spending long periods of time simply sitting and walking through the forest at Arte Sella sculpture park and thinking through exactly why it felt so good to be there. The quiet sounds of rainfall on the forest floor were my initial point of inspiration."
Now if you are still expecting more from John's work, don't worry, it gets better. John had earlier collaborated with Italian dance artist Andrea Rampazzo to choreograph an interactive performance in which four dancers move around the sculpture. They pull and release each tree line to create varied movements in the artwork. Sounds brilliant, doesn't it?
We can't wait to see what other sculptures that John might take up in the future, but one thing is certain -- it is going to be bigger, better and even more magnificent than the Reservoir. Now if you are interested in checking out more of his work -- you can follow him on Instagram and on his website.