“A symbolic work that opens to the world in the same way that the train station, even symbolically, opens the city to the world“: this is how Michelangelo Pistoletto introduces the new installation presented today in Piazza Duca d’Aosta.
Thanks to an agreement between Michelangelo Pistoletto, Cittadellarte, the FAI and representatives of the City Council, La Mela Reintegrata has been donated to the City of Milan.
The apple represents the natural world which has been damaged by man and his artifice, represented symbolically by the bite. Pistoletto brings the two worlds together through the clearly visible seam and the union between the artificial and the natural world is intended to restore the balance between man and the environment that surrounds him, an example that needs to be borne in mind by our society and the rest of the world.
The Mela Reintegrata is a large piece. Weighing 11 tons, it is 8 metres high with a diameter of 7 metres and consists of a metal frame around which clay-based plaster mixed with marble dust has been moulded.
The installation was presented to the public together with a performance by a large group of volunteers which was then followed by statements from the Mayor of Milan, the artist Pistoletto, the Spokesman for Culture for the Milan City Council, the spokesman for Public Works and Urban Décor for the City of Milan and the FAI executive Vice President.
The work introduces an operational site which will last for one year and which will be held in different locations in Milan. Its goal is to activate the meanings behind the Mela Reintegrata.
Below is a video presentation in which the artist talks about the piece.