More than a hundred works of the sculptor from the series Critical Mass and Blockworks, which are now united under the name "Man", are located in different places inside the Fort Belvedere (Forte di Belvedere) and at its foot. They fully emphasize the amazing perspectives that open from a fortress located on a hill with a panorama of the city."Man", by the way, is not the only exhibition of contemporary art with a view of the Florence Cathedral, which takes place this summer. In the gardens of Bardini, which are a couple of minutes walk from the exposition of Gormley, a retrospective of Lynn Chadwick continues until August 30. But, as artnet News writes, if Fort Belvedere, which occupies the top of a hill, has enough space to take a step back and appreciate the sculptures, the gardens are divided on a steep slope, and the close space does not allow Chadwick to "breathe."
- Lynn Chadwick, Alabama's Moon (1957). Gardens Bardini. Photo: blainsouthern.com
- Anthony Gormley, "The Man." Fort Belvedere in Florence. Photo: Sarah Cascone
- Sculptures from the Critical Mass series have more rounded shapes. Photo: Sarah Cascone
- Sculptures from the Blockworks series resemble Minecraft characters. Photo: Sarah Cascone
The fortress is a somewhat ambiguous place for the exposition of Gormley, who installed statues on the roofs of skyscrapers, looking ... let's say, suicidal (the sculpture “Horizon of Events” in Sao Paulo, Brazil; photo via The Guardian).
The fact is that in 2008 the fort was closed after a woman died, falling from the wall during the celebration of her birthday. After five years of renovation, it re-opened as an exhibition venue.