Mountain path CAI 401
ONE AND ONLY. UNICA E INDIVISIBILE
Two flags in nautical textile, 300×200 cm (each)
The whole installation is composed of three flags depicting three different stylized mountain tops, reinvented and drawn by the artist. Two of these flags are visible on the path: the first one on the flagpole standing on the Italian/Austrian border and the other one upon the mountain top between the Italian and Austrian trenches, in the no man’s land. Due to the fact that the border used to run through the Pal Piccolo Mount dividing its small surface between Italy and Austria, their respective trenches were very close. The state of war between the two populations did not match the reality of their relationship, which used to be friendly and based upon business and personal exchanges. The war fought in the trenches at the top of the mountain was a war between friends. Under a geomorphological point of view, the mountain is the upper part of the Earth’s crust, which at the same time becomes an obstacle to movement when crossed by state borders: during the World War the natural border of Pal Piccolo became a political limit and a battlefield.
ONE AND ONLY. UNICA E INDIVISIBILE / THREE PEAKS
One flag in nautical textile, 300×200 cm / Mosaic work, various marbles, 50×75 cm
The artist placed the third flag on the Reytembergher tower’s external wall, and he displayed Three peaks, a mosaic created in cooperation with Musivaria Mosaic, on the second floor.
All the three flags represent, using the artist’s words, “a mountain that is one and only,” which symbolically obliterates the borders. To depict this idea, following an established method, the artist synthesized the shapes from natural data into an abstract, partially recognizable image. The installation is a dedication to the Pal Piccolo mount, celebrated trough a landscape flag formed by a succession of real-life mountain tops, but also an invitation to meditate upon an idea of unity rather than one of separation as suggested by the landmarks designed to hoist the flags.
The whole three flags create a visual connection between the different locations involved in the project.
Andreco works as artist and scientist. His artistic research is focused on the relationship between humans and nature and between the built environment and the natural landscape. Since 2000 he has been researching on different topics as anatomy, environmental sustainability, urbanism, ecology and symbolism; on the base of these researches he is creating new symbols. Andreco uses many techniques to represent his art, from public installations to videos or wall paintings and drawings. He is an environmental engineer PhD, specialized in sustainability. He did a Post Doc research on green technologies for urban sustainability, collaborating with the School of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Bologna and the Columbia University of New York City.