THE CATHEDRAL

THE PROJECT

To change a clearing of trees into a cultural meeting point that inspires reflections on the nature and the territory

POETICS

The aim is to reset the difference between culture and nature, letting the human art experiment the same natural cyclus of growth and fall

GROWTH

In 20 years the beechs will be grown and they won't need the framework structure any more. The framework, being rotten, will fall apart

«I was moved by the idea of putting myself in relation with the natural cyclus, not offending it, not interfering with it»

- GIULIANO MAURI

ELEMENTS

The cathedral is the symbol of the Monte Arera Project, promoted by Parco delle Orobie Bergamasche and the municipalities of Oltre il colle, Roncobello and Ardesio. The project aims to revitalize and to highlight the richness and uniqueness of Alpine plant species that grow in the Park and on the ridges of the Orobie Bergamasche.

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There are two other tree cathedrals. The first one is located in Val Sella, Malga Costa, made of hornbeam trees and built in 2001 (it measures 82 X 15 meters, it’s 12 meters high and it covers 1.230 square meters). The second one, in oak trees, will be built in May 2015 in Lodi, along the Adda river, for EXPO 2015. It will be made of 5 naves, 180 columns, 70 meters long, 22 meters large and 20 meters high.

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Giuliano Mauri (Lodi Vecchio 1938 – 2009) was the most important italian land artist, both in Europe and around the world. His work has been praised by critics and audiences for his vision of a human presence in the natural landscape that takes part of the natural cyclus. His main masterpieces are the “Mills”, the “Heavenstairs”, the forest on the island at the source of Tormo and the observatories in Gorlitz (Germany) and Sgorzelec (Poland).
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