‘Basilica di Siponto’, reconstruction of ancient church using wire mesh

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The intervention establishes an innovative relationship between the old and the contemporary. A modest, lightweight and flexible work that can be understood as an alternative to imposing, heavy and rigid restorations, still too common in such buildings.

“In the southern Italian region of Puglia, the historic park of Siponto is known as a site of great archaeological significance. Abandoned after earthquakes in the 13th century, the area formerly assumed the role as one of the principal harbors in the region. Alongside several artifacts emblematic of Apulian-Romanesque architecture, the land hosts the ancient remains of an early Christian basilica, illustrating the town’s role as one of the most important dioceses in the region.”

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“On the site of this early church, Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi has constructed a monumental wire mesh installation that simulates the ancient town’s architectural quality. The sculpture, titled ‘Basilica di Siponto’, occupies the vast space as a light and transparent volume, resurrecting the archaeological remains as a sculptural form for visitors to experience and explore. Layers of mesh metal intersect and overlap to form cavernous archways, soaring columns and a Romanesque roof.”

“Together with MiBACT (Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities) and the Archaeology Superintendence of Puglia, Tresoldi has added his contemporary artwork to the archaeological context, giving new life to the ancient church.”

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(via designboom)