Da quassù è tutta un’altra cosa, 2018

RotorDa quassù è tutta un’altra cosa (2018), environmental intervention, mixed media installation

Section: City on Stage

Forty years ago, a housing development project colonised Pizzo Sella, the central hill of Monte Gallo, north of Palermo. After hastily facilitated approvals of building permits, concrete pours, sales, aborted construction and endless lawsuits, the colonised hill of Pizzo Sella has now become a poster child of real estate corruption, and a frustrating blind spot in the Palermitan landscape. Under the towering presence of the concrete skeletons, denial is the necessary alternative to resignation.

Yet hidden behind the housing complex traces of bygone paths lead to the ridge and the top of the hill, reconnecting the nature reserve. Close to the top, a remote concrete structure of the housing development becomes an observatory for a breathtaking panorama. From above, Pizzo Sella offers amazing vantage points on the cliff, the sea, the city, and new perspectives on the relationship between man and landscape. From above, the scarred hill turns into a healing device, offering relief from its prolonged gridlock.

The representation of Da quassù è tutta un’altra cosa is on view at Palazzo Costantino.