Following the inauguration of Marina Calamai’s outdoor Laurel Love Labyrinth installation in Poppiano, Tuscany, last July, the artist is now expanding the installation to Villa Favard di Rovezzano in an effort to spread awareness surrounding climate change and global warming.
Dedicated to ecological sustainability, the installation alongside the adaptation of the 15th-century board game The Game of Goose will allow visitors to take part in an immersive educational activity. Measuring 17 by 18.5 metres, the installation will feature 250 laurels planted by Eco-Art-System and student volunteers from The International School of Florence and other schools during the first week of October.
Designed for all ages, visitors will navigate 38 spots within the maze to learn about measures to reduce global warming in a more ethical way and achieve a greener planet. Each spot will have either a positive or negative impact upon the climate, and offer ways in which to resolve such challenges.
“By using the five senses, we create works that are inspired by nature and its forms,” commented Marina Calamai. “We have a deep commitment to ecological preservation and sustainability. My overall aim is to create a dialogue with my observers to spread awareness on these issues which are dear to me.”
The outdoor event is set to commence on October 7, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Florentine City councillor Cecilia del Re, followed by a dance and sound performance with an original composition by the artist.
Eco-Art-System is a non-profit association founded in 2022 by Marina Calamai and other board members. This first project from the association is supported by public and private sponsors, whose patronage includes the City of Florence, Confartigianato and Leonardo4Children. For more information on the Laurel Love Labyrinth land art installation or the association, visit www.ecoartsystem.com.