3D art exhibition unveiled in Italy – La Merciade
French street artist JR unveiled his major new art installation last week in Florence, Italy.
Located on the front wall of Palazzo Strozzi, a historic cultural center in central Florence, the work is a stunning optical illusion 91 feet high.
It is called “La Ferita” or “The plague”. Passers-by will see a heart-wrenching gash along the Renaissance-style exterior. The illusion is created by manipulating depth, which gives the viewer the impression that they are seeing a 3D object, rather than a 2D painting.
Inside the wound, viewers will see an imaginary black and white collage of the interior of the building. The mock interior is complete with marble columns, famous paintings, sculptures, and a library at the top.
The artwork is said to represent the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on cultural sites around the world, many of which have been closed for more than a year. Museums, theaters, libraries, galleries and other cultural sites have all been additional victims of the pandemic.
“Walking around Florence is weird these days, without the visitors who are part of Florence life, it’s quiet and less busy. Without being able to enter a museum, attend a concert or spend time at an exhibition, we realize that it is culture that gives life its color and that the beauty of our city is activated by the people who live it. cross, to soak up the history and culture of Florence, and leave enriched by it, ”JR said in a statement to CNN.
JR, whose real name is unknown, started doing street art in Paris at the age of 13. Since then, his work has been presented in places around the world, from Europe to the Americas. CNN reports that the unveiling of “La Ferita” also marks the start of Palazzo Strozzi’s future art program.
The initiative aims to promote modern and contemporary art in Italy, with a new public art installation revealed each spring in Florence.
The director of Palazzo Strozzi, Dr Arturo Galansino, issued a press release saying that the art center has a “unique” determination to “forge a dialogue between the classic and the contemporary through the participation of artists capable of ‘interpret the present.
“Regarding the new artistic gash on his building, Galansino said“ it is appropriate that we start the program with the new work by JR “La Ferita”. (It’s) a powerful reflection on the difficult conditions surrounding access to culture in the era of COVID-19, but also a symbol of freedom, creative imagination and participation and an opportunity to engage the public , the general public, in a totally new way. “