Pindolo installation

In Piazza Caduti della Resistenza
The “pindolo” game becomes an installation and a meeting point for young and old

Wednesday 7th June 2006

With just a simple metal grid and some broom sticks, an installation becomes a meeting point for young and old. Yesterday morning in Piazza Caduti della Resistenza, the first installation of “the Art of memory” project was inaugurated. The project was created by Rodolfo Bisatti and organized by the City of Padua (Youth Services) in collaboration with the Arc.a.cia Association.
France, Germany, Greece and The United Kingdom are also participating in the project, which is part of the Cultura 2000 European Programme.

Caridad Isabel Barragan created an installation using simple materials to create and capture the essence of the simple game of “pindolo”. About 150 children from the Diego Valeri Elementary School participated in the inauguration an learned how to play the game of “pindolo” thanks to the help of a group of local elder citizens from the neighborhood. Present at the Cerimony were: Youth Services Councilman Claudio Piron, President of the Neighborhood Council Francesco Pavan, Fiorita Luciano-Head of Youth Services, and Antonella Nanni from Arc.a.dia. “The project” , explained Luciano “forsees the interviewing of elder citizens from the city. Our objective is to gather the last 50 years of our collective memory in order to understand the great changes that have taken place within the city.”

Young artists are in charge of metaphorically reconstructing the past by way of their installations. For example, Barragan was inspired by a story that Ms. Vera Bordigato (a resident of the neighborhood) told her regarding the childhood game of “pindolo”. “Contemporary art is often asphytic and fashionable – says Bisatti – but it must recuperate the social function/aspect it had up until the Renaissance and beyond. It is for this reason that I invited european artists to question themselves regarding the role that art should have within its’ territory”. The project is being implemented in 5 European cities including Padova and shortly another 2 installations will be inaugurated.

E. Bergamasco

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