A curve thrown at the back of time

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Una curva gettata alle spalle del tempo (A curve thrown at the back of time) is the installation created in 1988 by Paolo Schiavocampo for the Fiumara d’Arte Park. It is a vertical concrete monolith covered with a Corten steel shell. Its sinuous shape echoes the curve in which the work is located. In 2016, during a restoration of the works of the Fiumara, a new installation entitled: Mother begetting daughter was added to the original work by Paolo Schiavocampo and Antonio Presti.

A curve thrown at the back of time: description of the work

A curve thrown at the back of time is a four meter high monolith that vertically reproduces the curve of the street on which it is located. The installation was conceived by the artist to be made entirely of reinforced concrete. However, in order to shape the casting of the material, a reinforcement of thin strips of Corten steel was added, which was later removed. In 1989, all the Fiumara d’Arte works were confiscated by the judicial authorities, only to be returned a few years later in 1994. At that time, Schiavocampo and Antonio Presti, the Park’s founder, decided not to remove the steel reinforcement, making it the skin of the work. The cracks between the bands, whose thermal expansion randomly peels off the mineral crust, and the rust dust that thickens with time, constantly change the appearance of the work.

The meaning of A curve thrown behind the back of time

The place where A curve thrown at the back of time was created was chosen by Paolo Schiavocampo, after several surveys, for its particular position. The work is located in a rural space, at the intersection of the provincial road and the trazzera that once led to the fields to be cultivated inland. The sinuous shape of the installation mimics that of a wind-swept sail, silently rising from the sea. The artist’s intention was to create a work that would evoke memories of his land, first and foremost for himself. Schiavocampo was born in Palermo, but left Sicily at an early age to study in Venice and Rome. He describes his work this way:

“My intentions and feelings were directed towards the desire to bring to light, first of all for myself, ancient memories of places and people living in a deep sleep, ready to awaken on the right note, seemingly completely unrelated to everyday life.

Restoration and new work Mother Produces Daughter

In 2016, during a major restoration of the Fiumara d’Arte works, Paolo Schiavocampo and Antonio Presti decided to modify the installation. Around A curve thrown behind the back of time, a monumental twenty-meter-high steel structure was added, harmoniously enveloping the work. The two decided to give the new installation the apt title Mother begetting Daughter. A second installation is also created in the square in front of the work by adding twenty red marble stones from San Marco d’Alunzio, which enter into a dialogue with the original work.

The Artist: Paolo Schiavocampo

Paolo Schiavocampo was born in Palermo in 1924. He studied architecture at the Universities of Rome and Milan and art at the Academies of Venice and Milan under Manzù and Bruno Saetti. In 1964 he moved to New York, where he collaborated with Salvatore Scarpitta on the new plastic forms that would revolutionize sculpture in the 1960s. In 1992 he was commissioned to design the art zone of the “Hattingen Park” in Germany, which was inaugurated four years later. Together with Alberto Burri and Pietro Consagra, she was one of the protagonists of the reconstruction of the new city of Gibellina after the destruction of the 1968 earthquake. Her works can be found in various public collections and museums in Italy and abroad.

Where it is and how to reach it A curve thrown at the back of time

The installation A curve thrown at the back of time is located in the territory of Castel di Lucio. To reach it, take the A20 Palermo-Messina highway and exit at Tusa if you are coming from Western Sicily, or at Santo Stefano di Camastra if you are coming from Eastern Sicily. From here take the SP 113 and then the SP 176. This is the road that connects the coast with the various mountain villages where the works of the Fiumara d’Arte are located. Also in Castel di Lucio are two other installations: the Labyrinth of Ariadne by Italo Lanfredini and Arethusa by Piero Dorazio and Graziano Marini.

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