Taking the Shadow of an Obelisk and letting it dissolve into the Sea

Cyanotype on paper, metal structures
750 x 150 cm
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Video, 12’35’’
2018


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EN

Taking the Shadow of an Obelisk and letting it dissolve into the Sea consists in a large format cyanotype on paper and in a video showing the process of realization. The work is the result of the exposure to the sunlight of the photosensitive surface of the paper, placed on the shadow of the obelisk of Villa Opicina (Trieste) the moment when the sun was at the highest point.
The video shows in real time the process of chemical impression of the shadow on the paper and the following process of washing and development of the cyanotype in the Adriatic Sea, on the coast of Trieste.
In ancient Egypt the obelisk was conceived as a petrified sun ray, a symbol of the deity Ra, God of Sun.
The obelisk of Villa Opicina was erected on a promontory near Trieste in 1839, during the Austro-Hungarian Empire on the occasion of the inauguration of Strada Nuova per Opicina (the new street for Opicina) that connected the city of Trieste with Austria.The Obelisk of Opicina was dedicated to the Austrian Emperor Franz I von Habsburg-Lothringen. 


IT


Taking the Shadow of an Obelisk and letting it dissolve into the Sea consiste in una cianotipia di grande formato su carta e in un video che ne documenta il processo di realizzazione.
L’opera é il risultato dell’esposizione al sole della superficie fotosensibile della carta, posizionata nel cono d'ombra dell’obelisco di Villa Opicina (Trieste) durante il picco di altezza massima del sole.
Il video, mostra in tempo reale il processo di impressione dell’ombra sulla carta ed il successivo lavaggio e fissaggio della cianotipia nel mare Adriatico, realizzato lo stesso giorno sulla costa triestina.
Per gli antichi egizi l’obelisco era un raggio di sole pietrificato e simboleggiava il Dio del Sole Ra.
L’obelisco di Villa Opicina fu eretto sul ciglio di un promontorio vicino a Trieste nel 1839 durante l’impero Austro-Ungarico in onore dell’Imperatore d’Austria Francesco II d'Asburgo-Lorena, in occasione dell’apertura della Strada Nuova per Opicina che collegava Trieste all’Austria.


Taking the Shadow of an Obelisk and letting it dissolve into the Sea, video, 12’35’’ 2018


Taking the Shadow of an Obelisk and letting it dissolve into the Sea
still from video, 2018




Taking the Shadow of an Obelisk and letting it dissolve into the Sea
installation view at Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venezia, 2019