Thanks to Scart, an art project of the Hera Italia Group, a collaboration has been initiated with the community’s decoration laboratory – Design Lab – on the occasion of the celebrations for the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death. San Patrignano participated in the creation of three artistic works that will be displayed in the exhibitions dedicated to this project to celebrate the Supreme Poet.
A project based on the combination of art and waste, masterfully combining design and respect for the environment, art and nature; and it is precisely by giving new life to exhausted materials that Scart has chosen to take part in the celebrations for the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death in 2021. As well as involving students from the Fine Arts Academies of Florence, Ravenna and Carrara, the initiative has also opened up for the first time to the recovery community, which currently houses around a thousand people. For some time now, there are many craft workshops involving about 200 young people in recovery. These are places where you can experience the atmosphere of the old craft workshops and where art is combined with personal rebirth, with an important educational value. In San Patrignano there are workshops for weaving, leather goods, wallpaper, cabinet-making, wrought iron and now also for waste art, thanks to the Scart project: new and infinite possibilities for experimenting with materials, shapes and colours which, in the spirit of reuse and recovery, seek a way to combine beauty and respect for nature.
Starting from the waste produced in the numerous activities, some young people, coordinated by their supervisor and educator Sandro Pieri, created three sculptures of Dante’s head (180 cm high and 80 cm wide) inspired by Enrico Pazzi’s statue in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence. Oak wood tesserae, glass, gold leaf, newspaper cuttings, rusty screws, scraps of leather and acrylic paints were skilfully reinvented and reused to give lustre and depth to Dante’s gaze. The three creations, together with the work of the students of the Fine Arts Academies, will be displayed in the exhibitions organised by the Hera Group to celebrate the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death.