Piazza Faber is surrounded by eighteenth century buildings, and it stands out from the old town because of the installation designed by the architect Renzo Piano, a close friend of Fabrizio De André. Together with the Alvisi Kirimoto studio it has been realised a coloured web that catches the sunlight and gives brilliance to the granite. A mesh made of steel cables shapes 12 fabric triangles of different dimensions and colours. These triangles roll up around motorised rolls with a mechanism similar to the one of nautical sails. Renzo Piano’s idea of realising a web that stops the colours of light, translates into a light and variable game, made of cables, cloths and colours that don’t touch the square, but they shade and colour it.
Renzo Piano’s inscription reveals the personality and the creativity of the singer-songwriter: the coloured sails of Genoa’s boats (Genoa was the birth place of the artist) that also represent Fabrizio’s love for the sea, stand out lightly in the sky, while at night they close to turn into 12 Faber-Castell coloured pencils, De André’s favourite.
The motorisation allows various possibilities, from the complete opening of the sails to the total disappearance. If need be, a projector can turn the sails into big screens.
Source: Visit Tempio