I recently learned of Italian Artist, Giuliano Mauri, and his work.
Giuliano Mauri was born and raised in Lodivecchio, Italy. By the end of the 1960s he was associated with the main Avant-Garde art movements of Italy. The 1970s saw him as a protagonist in environmental performances. His video and photographic performances were shown in various galleries: La Chiocciola in Padua, L’Alzaia in Rome, the Toselli in Milan and the Cavellini in Brescia. In the same year he produced his first structures for gallery exhibition shown at both the museums of modern art at Bologna and at Warsaw. He also presented work at the Biennale of Venice during those years (1976). In 1978 his enormous snakes and ladders game was installed at the Museum of Modern Art in Bologna as part of the ‘Metafisica del quotidiano’ exhibition.
Perhaps the most significant aspect of Mauri’s work is that it will someday expire without disturbing the land around it. His pieces are meant to enhance nature and space, without affecting their natural processes. This exemplifies the humble nature of the artist – one who cared more about the beauty of the natural landscape than an immortalized legacy offered by a permanent structure.
Perhaps his art serves as a powerful metaphor; that life derives from and returns to the earth – often forgotten without evidence of its existence. This seemingly suggests that art and legacies should not be perpetual.
Giuliano Mauri’s work uses nature as a medium and source of inspiration. It exemplifies the beautiful and powerful results of using natural materials to convey an architectural concept.
You can read more about his art HERE.