Maybe the Eden at Giardino Barbarigo is incomparable, and the one presented by Luigi Cerantola and Renato D’Agostin won’t be as accessible as in the marvelous paths in Valsanzibio, but it will as well lead to labyrinths of dream.
Beyond the Diana Gateway, Cronos dominates the Garden holding the dodecahedron of time, therefore 12 and 12 become the numbers of the Sonnets in the book, 24. Originated from the one engraved on the steps that take from the Garden to the Villa, the Sonnets are concatenated one to the other through the last word and the following first, hiding (sometimes revealing them) enigmatic anagrams of names and more, challenging the brave reader determined to unfold them.
A series of photographs try to avoid the obvious beauty of the Garden, inviting instead the viewer towards a sensory experience through reflections in the pools and movement of the fountains, intimacy in the portraits of the statues and fragments of light filtering through the branches, evaporating in the mystery of the green of one of the most intact of the ancient gardens of the world.
The salvation route begins at the monumental Gateway of Diana, dedicated to the Goddess of nature, wild animals, transformations and miracles, great water gate which was once the mooring place for the gondolas and boats of the Barbarigo family, and ends after a lengthy itinerary in front of the Villa and the Square of the Fountain of Ecstasy. Inside the garden, on an expanse of ten hectares, about 70 statues in Istrian stone are beautifully integrated with the architecture, streams, labyrinths, waterfalls, fountains, small lakes and fishponds.
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Risks and challenges
The real challenge was to photograph this subject. For the ones of you that know my work, can understand that a Garden, no matter how beautiful it is, isn't really my type of subject. The lack of action or urban architecture made it hard at the beginning to enter the visual space I was trying to find. I am now fully satisfied with the result, giving a new interpretation to this beautiful place, and I am looking forward to publish the book and work on the first exhibition, that will take place at the beginning of September in the Garden itself, in a space that will soon open. The book will be launched in this occasion. This Kickstarter campaign will help me arrange the first few steps of the production, and the book will be on press at the end of July. This is my third Kickstarter campaign. The previous two have been successful, and all the backers were satisfied with the rewards. As it is not my first one, I learned that a little delay is always possible, therefore, even if the book will be published in August, I put October as shipping date, just to be sure to coordinate shipments...if sooner, rewards will arrive earlier.
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