Gaia, Ozmo, and 2501 Wall in Art Italy
The second edition of Wall in Art, Gaia, Ozmo, and 2501 installed their murals in three symbolic locations of Camonica Valley, ideally picking up the baton of local population that in prehistoric times marked the territory and its identity with rock carvings and paintings. GAIA made the mural ‘the Human Condition’ in the village of Monno, along the road to the famous Mortirolo Pass. Installed along a path that leads to a strategic point between valleys that was crossed by pilgrims, merchants, armies and saints, true and legendary kings and refugees, made by a fourth generation Italian for a community that experienced first hand the emigration experience, the work stands as a celebration of the human condition of the migrant viewed from different historical contexts, ‘as an empathetic reminder of the necessity to migrate in an era where the issue of migration now stands at the fore of European politics and threatens the very concept of the nation state’. Each element of the painting refers simultaneously to migration experience, to the symbols and legends of Camunian tradition and to the history of Monno.
OZMO worked on the walls of Casa del Parco, an environmental education center with an information point and a Nature Museum. His mural, “The Barbaluf or Wild Man or Saint Glisente or Saint Onofrio or Prehistoric’ questions us on our imagery and our relationship with Nature through gigantism and elements that allude to Camunian history, legends and myths. The majestic silhouette of the she-bear reminds us of the animal’s return to the Valley, the human being depicted on the facade the Wild Man. He is the protagonist of the collective imagery of the entire Alpine range and in Camoninca Valley he is called “the Barbaluf’. Hermit and lonely, he is considered a kind of cultural heroes, the initiator of the core tasks for the micro-economies such as farming, bee-keeping, dairy art, the art of extraction and processing of metals.
2501 made the murals “Tribute to Bob Noorda and Bruno Munari /Dance of Shiva” and ‘Pizzo Badile/Concarena e pare quasi d’esser buoni’on two walls facing each other in the city hall square of Paspardo, a little town in the heart of UNESCO Site N.94, the largest protected archaeological area of Camonica Valley. He worked on the concepts of dualism and decomposition/compenetration of the forms. Starting from the Camunian rose, one of the oldest rock carvings of Camonica Valley, on the wall of the City Hall he reaches an extreme stylization that marks a continuity with artists and designers such as B.Munari and B.Noorda. On the other wall, two circles intersect evoking Pizzo Badile and Concorena, the two sacred mountains of Camunian people and the duality of fullness/void, light and shadow, male/female, prehistoric/contemporary.
Wall in Art was born thanks to the vision of Camonica Valley’s Cultural District to correlate two vocation, two art’s forms, very distant in time, but both aimed at “telling” on public supports, in a public space, life in its daily unfolding. The project, realized under the OZMO’s artistic direction and coordination of Sergio Cotti Piccinelli and Simona Nava, is promoted by the Camonica Valley Cultural District and the Institutional Group of Coordination of UNESCO Site n.94, in collaboration with Adamello Park and the municipalities of Monno, Vezza d’Oglio and Paspardo.
Gaia, Ozmo, and 2501