Welcome to the magical world of the Village Royal! Christmas trees, decorations and lights provide the decor. Sculptures by Gianfranco Meggiato complement this decor and impart it with an artistic sensibility. A sculptor from Venice, his sculptures are in bronze, with a lightness of touch that only a Venetian sculptor could bring. The air entering his sculptures becomes a very important element, merging with the bronze, working the sculpture like a piece of lace. Yet the essential body of the artist Meggiato’s work does not solely concentrate on the aesthetic aspect, rather more on the philosophical expression of his artwork. Gianfranco Meggiato is convinced that mankind is energy; everything, in common with all around us, is composed of energy. Space is energy. Space/energy is at the core of his art. It brings life to his sculpture by making it breathe.
The artist models his sculptures by taking inspiration from biomorphic tissue and the labyrinth, which symbolises the tortuous journey that mankind takes in order to arrive at his own heart, made emblematic by the golden sphere at the centre of the composition. This is not an easy path, often the road is dark and complex, like moments in life. All these experiences are reflected in the golden sphere, which represents our essence. Yet in general, by surmounting difficulties, you grow, you change – they make you stronger.
Meggiato’s art is full of hope, he wishes to provide some direction and explain that, even if you encounter difficulties in our life, man must be able to believe that he can still, despite all that, change his destiny. Furthermore, it refers back to the Italian renaissance, where man was central to time and space. Meggiato is inspired by three great masters of the 20th century: Brancusi, for his research into essentiality, Moore, for the relationship between the interior and the exterior in his motherhood pieces and Calder, for the opening up of spaces in his work. Space permeates Meggiato’s work and emptiness becomes just as important as fullness.
Meggiato thus invents the concept of “intro-sculpture” in which the gaze of the observer is drawn into the interior of the work, without limiting himself to the exterior surfaces. “At the formal level, space and light do not delimit the work, by gliding over it as if it were a three-dimensional relief, instead penetrating the interior by enveloping the tracery and the entanglements, until finally illuminating the central sphere as an ideal point of arrival.” This messages transcends all cultural barriers and diversity of race and religion. Art is not only made for its aesthetic beauty, but also to make us think.
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