International contest for the Palazzo di Giustizia

Beautifying justice

Editorial Staff
September 9, 2015 - 15:00

The City of Florence has announced an international competition to beautify the new court building in Novoli.

With awards totalling 550,000 euro, the City is seeking five pieces of contemporary artwork, including sculptures and installations for the Palazzo to Giustizia and its surroundings.

With criteria that the art must be original, site specific and in harmony with the current architectural style of the courthouse, the City has designated five spaces for art: the green area in front of the courthouse entrance towards Peretola, the outdoor courtyard entrance on San Donato, the lobby in the Peretola entrance, the ‘Basilica’ entrance on Peretola and the ‘Basilica’ entrance on San Donato. Two of the works selected must be by artists who are residents of Italy and under 35, and three of the works must be by artists over 35. The deadline for entries is November 23, 2015.

According to the city’s mayor, Dario Nardella, Florence is one of the few municipalities that still implements Law 717 from 1949 (also known as the Law of 2 percent), which stipulates that funding be allocated for works of art in every newly built public building. 

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