7 April 2018, The Hermitage of Maddalena, Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Liguria by kind invitation of Elisabetta Cocciolo.

“Bosco Sottosopra” is a natural environmental installation work by Marco Nones. The ancient terraces have been respectfully reclaimed by man from the avaricious arms of wild nature and once again has been re-tamed.

The land owned by the Monastery, the Hermitage of the Maddalena in Monterosso al Mare, in the Cinque Terre is a project partially funded by private patronage. Nones is an environmental artist working in and with Mother Nature – subverting the natural order of nature. Majestic yet humble the installation echoes the rhythms,curves and profiles of hills in this ancient land. Bathed in sun and sea, Benedictine monks have tilled these sculpted terraces for centuries producing the distinctive Cinque Terre Sciacchetrá fortified white wine.

Re-birth of the vineyards and sustainable regeneration of the land along with reclamation of materials uprooted from the earth are woven into a biodegradable temporal structure from the hands of sensitive Nones whose insight gives hope and wonder to man harmonious with nature in the digital age of the twenty-first century.

(Materials: roots and branches of pine, arbutus and chestnut)
Marco Nones
Father Renato Brenz Verca of the Capuchin Convent of Monterosso
Opening of Installation 7 April, 2018

As with any worthy inauguration the event was attended by the local Mayor, and the invited company including dignitaries and guests were blessed with Holy water by Father Renato Brenz Verca of the Capuchin Convent of Monterosso Church. The land art exhibit “Bosco Sottosopra” was declared ‘open’ after the obligatory cutting of the tri-colore ribbon before all assembled were treated to a sumptuous lunch by our kind hosts Sig. and Si.ra Coccolo. Italians are the most hospitable beings in the world!

Annabel Ludovici Gray