Amsterdam, May 10 2017
I MAESTRI DEL PAESAGGIO FLIES TO HOLLAND
Amsterdam, May 10, 2017 - Today Wednesday, 10th May, Andrea Perugini, Italian Ambassador to the Netherlands, hosted a delegation from I Maestri del Paesaggio. Co-hosting the event was Carmela Callea, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute for the Netherlands. Invited together with the Mayor of the City of Bergamo Giorgio Gori, Maurizio Vegini and Mario Bonicelli -President and Counselor of Arketipos, respectively- have attended the conference held by architect Lodewijk Baljon at the headquarters of the Italian Cultural Institute in Amsterdam.
A preview of the installation in the homeland of Baljon, who is the designer of this year's Green Square, the Piazza Vecchia setup connected with I Maestri del Paesaggio.
In fact, from 7th to 24th September, and for the seventh consecutive year, Bergamo will be at the center of the landscape culture; the beautiful town square of the Città Alta will once again become a symbol of reflection on the landscape through a temporary makeover that always amazes and sometimes divides, but without fail fascinates and attracts thousands of visitors.
Each year the square has the stylistic touch of the landscape architect who conceives it and is consistent with the focus of the International Meeting that brings together the world's most important landscapers to Bergamo for two days. This year the theme is COOL LANDSCAPE and great is the wait for an installation that in Baljon’s own words “could develop the theme of coolness in literal terms – a cool temperature and shadows – or reflecting the style and attitude of "cool", indicating ease and elegance. The term is in fact ambiguous. Baljon unveiled some of the key points of his project; accuracy, amazement and environment. The Green Square in fact- looking more as a site-specific installation than a makeover imitating natural landscape- will use tangible and symbolic elements to inspire a reflection on the Global warming.
Baljon's presentation has been preceded by a conversation with the Mayor of the city of Bergamo, a place of great attraction for foreign visitors for its strategic position between the natural beauty of mountains and lakes, in a territory rich with history, art, nature and business. A paradise for landscape lovers in the broadest sense, from athletes to hikers, from art lovers to gourmets. The Dutch public has been reminded that Bergamo is one of the four provinces belonging to East Lombardy, the European Gastronomy Region for 2017, considered among the best regions in the world for food and wine by the IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism).
Another piece of good news for Dutch landscape enthusiasts: from next academic year, it will be possible to take a Master’s Degree in Landscape in Bergamo. The course comes about from a collaboration between the Bergamo Town Council, Arketipos and the University of Bergamo which together set up the Bergamo Landscape and Garden Institute.
That Milan’s Orio al Serio airport, third in Italy with a traffic of 11 million passengers, is undeniably a further advantage for those who wish to know Bergamo. It will not be surprising that more and more Dutch – landscape-lovers and others – will choose to visit Bergamo.
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