Laudato Si’ Garden – The Living Chapel

An open-air garden chapel designs for the celebrations of the Special Year Laudato Si’

Architecture, music, and nature united to give life to “Laudato Si’ Garden – The Living Chapel”, a design installation by Mario Cucinella Architects born from the collaboration with Artemide, who supported the studio in the definition and realization of the light scenography, and GiPlanetGroup who created the engineering of the work.

“Laudato Si’ Garden – The Living Chapel” a sacred space inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis and the goals for Sustainable Development of the United Nations and that wanted to launch a message of reconciliation between man and nature.

The project involves the seven municipalities of the Parco del Delta Po, located in the territory of Rosolina, precisely in Porto Caleri. The event, wanted by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, wants to be an example of human development respectful of “our Common House” (Encyclical “Laudato Si”).

The message of the installation is about the need to reconnect with nature, for this reason anthropic elements have been chosen to complement the native vegetation.The concept of the installation was born from the suggestion of two symbolic elements: nature and light; in fact, the chapel is made of a light structure of thin poles, supporting a ring of suspended light, symbolizing the light of the world and the metaphorical circle of “Sora madre Terra” that dematerializes the divisions between built and nature. Below a wooden platform evokes the Cansiglio forest, an ancient forest from which the timber for the ships of the Serenissima was made.  This element also wants to resume a contemporary ecological message to give a new life to the wood of the trees felled by the Vaia storm.

The chapel, on the afternoon of Sunday, October 4, 2020 (date of the inauguration of the installation), was the setting for an opera music show, intended as an expression of the importance of art and celebration of biodiversity represented by an inclusive model of ecological development.

“Laudato Si’ Garden – The Living Chapel” a sacred space inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis and the goals for Sustainable Development of the United Nations and that wanted to launch a message of reconciliation between man and nature.

The project involves the seven municipalities of the Parco del Delta Po, located in the territory of Rosolina, precisely in Porto Caleri. The event, wanted by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, wants to be an example of human development respectful of “our Common House” (Encyclical “Laudato Si”).

The message of the installation is about the need to reconnect with nature, for this reason anthropic elements have been chosen to complement the native vegetation.The concept of the installation was born from the suggestion of two symbolic elements: nature and light; in fact, the chapel is made of a light structure of thin poles, supporting a ring of suspended light, symbolizing the light of the world and the metaphorical circle of “Sora madre Terra” that dematerializes the divisions between built and nature. Below a wooden platform evokes the Cansiglio forest, an ancient forest from which the timber for the ships of the Serenissima was made.  This element also wants to resume a contemporary ecological message to give a new life to the wood of the trees felled by the Vaia storm.

The chapel, on the afternoon of Sunday, October 4, 2020 (date of the inauguration of the installation), was the setting for an opera music show, intended as an expression of the importance of art and celebration of biodiversity represented by an inclusive model of ecological development.

“Laudato Si’ Garden – The Living Chapel” a sacred space inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis and the goals for Sustainable Development of the United Nations and that wanted to launch a message of reconciliation between man and nature.

The project involves the seven municipalities of the Parco del Delta Po, located in the territory of Rosolina, precisely in Porto Caleri. The event, wanted by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, wants to be an example of human development respectful of “our Common House” (Encyclical “Laudato Si”).

The message of the installation is about the need to reconnect with nature, for this reason anthropic elements have been chosen to complement the native vegetation.The concept of the installation was born from the suggestion of two symbolic elements: nature and light; in fact, the chapel is made of a light structure of thin poles, supporting a ring of suspended light, symbolizing the light of the world and the metaphorical circle of “Sora madre Terra” that dematerializes the divisions between built and nature. Below a wooden platform evokes the Cansiglio forest, an ancient forest from which the timber for the ships of the Serenissima was made.  This element also wants to resume a contemporary ecological message to give a new life to the wood of the trees felled by the Vaia storm.

The chapel, on the afternoon of Sunday, October 4, 2020 (date of the inauguration of the installation), was the setting for an opera music show, intended as an expression of the importance of art and celebration of biodiversity represented by an inclusive model of ecological development.

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“Laudato Si’ Garden – The Living Chapel” uno spazio sacro ispirato a San Francesco d’Assisi, a Papa Francesco e agli obiettivi per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile delle Nazioni Unite e che ha voluto lanciare un messaggio di riconciliazione tra uomo e natura.

Il progetto coinvolge i sette Comuni del Parco del Delta del Po e sorge nel territorio di Rosolina, precisamente a porto Caleri. Si tratta di un’area molto particolare, dove la vita è possibile grazie al modo in cui uomo e natura hanno saputo costruire un rapporto di equilibrio reciproco, fondato sulla necessità e sul rispetto. L’evento, voluto dal Dicastero per il Servizio dello Sviluppo Umano Integrale, vuole essere un esempio di sviluppo umano rispettoso della “nostra Casa Comune” (Enciclica “Laudato Si”).

Il messaggio dell’installazione riguarda la necessità di riconnettersi con la natura, per questo sono stati scelti elementi antropici che si affiancano alla vegetazione autoctona. Il concept dell’allestimento nasce dalla suggestione di due elementi simbolici: la natura e la luce; la cappella infatti è realizzata da una struttura leggera a paline che sorregge anello di luce sospeso, che simboleggia la luce del mondo e il cerchio metafora di “Sora madre Terra”che smaterializza le divisioni tra costruito e natura, crea uno spazio percettivo in continuo dialogo con l’ambiente in cui si inserisce.

Al disotto, quasi come una proiezione dell’anello, una pedana lignea che evoca alla memoria il bosco del Cansiglio, antica foresta da cui si ricavava il legname per le navi della Serenissima. Questo elemento vuole anche riprendere un messaggio ecologico contemporaneo di dare un nuova vita al legno degli alberi abbattuti dalla tempesta Vaia.

La cappella, il pomeriggio di domenica 4 ottobre 2020 (data di inaugurazione dell’installazione), è diventa scenografia di uno spettacolo di musica lirica, intesa come espressione dell’importanza dell’arte e celebrazione della biodiversità rappresentata da un modello di sviluppo ecologico inclusivo.

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Type: Installation
Customer: Department for the Integral Human Development Service and Municipalities of the Po River Delta Park
Project: Mario Cucinella Architects
Project team: Antonella Di Luca, Paolo Greco, Elena Biason (MC A); Artemide (definition and realization of the light scenography); Gi Planet Group (ingeneration);
Production and assembly: Municipality of Rosolina
Visual: Mario Cucinella Architects
Photo credit: Federico Villa, Luca Pavanello

Type: Installation
Customer: Department for the Integral Human Development Service and Municipalities of the Po River Delta Park
Project: Mario Cucinella Architects
Project team: Antonella Di Luca, Paolo Greco, Elena Biason (MC A); Artemide (definition and realization of the light scenography); Gi Planet Group (ingeneration);
Production and assembly: Municipality of Rosolina
Visual: Mario Cucinella Architects
Photo credit: Federico Villa, Luca Pavanello

Type: Installation
Customer: Department for the Integral Human Development Service and Municipalities of the Po River Delta Park
Project: Mario Cucinella Architects
Project team: Antonella Di Luca, Paolo Greco, Elena Biason (MC A); Artemide (definition and realization of the light scenography); Gi Planet Group (ingeneration);
Production and assembly: Municipality of Rosolina
Visual: Mario Cucinella Architects
Photo credit: Federico Villa, Luca Pavanello

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Tipologia: Installazione

Cliente: Dicastero per il Servizio dello Sviluppo Umano Integrale e Comuni del Parco del Delta del fiume Po
Progetto: Mario Cucinella Architects
Team di progetto: Antonella Di Luca, Paolo Greco, Elena Biason (MC A); Artemide (definizione e realizzazione della scenografia di luce); Gi Planet Group (ingenerizzazione dell’opera)
Produzione e montaggio: Comune di Rosolina
Visual: Mario Cucinella Architects
Photo credit: Federico Villa, Luca Pavanello