Milan: new works enrich Citylife. Walking in the park

December 14, 2020

20 works of the public art project started by the municipality of Milan in 2014

Citylife, a residential complex in Milan (Portello district), is very well-known by those who love the social media: it is from there, and more in particular from its 270-squaremetre attic on two levels, that Fedez and Chiara Ferragni tell their Instagram Stories. From those windows, you can see the entire skyline of the city. In particular, you can see the three towers of Piazzale Giulio Cesare - Il dritto, designed by Arata Isozaki; Lo storto by Zaha Hadid; Il curvo by Daniel Libeskind - all located in the CityLife natural park designed by Gustafson Porter. In 2014, the city of Milan promoted a new public art project called Art Line. The project gathers 20 open-air works placed around the towers. 8 of them are by artists under the age of 40 and the remaining 12 are by established international authors. The journey opens with Matteo Rubbi’s I cieli di Belloveso (“The skies of Belloveso”), which consists of 100 stone stars drawn on the paving surface of Piazza Burri. The work reproduces the starry sky of Milan in the spring of 600 BC when, according to Tito Livio, Prince Belloveso founded the city of Milan.

An explosion of colour in the Pascal Marthine Tayou's installation which tells about the magic of art and Africa

Many visitors photograph themselves in front of Judith Hopf’s Hand and Foot for Milan, a giant hand and a giant foot of shaped red bricks placed on a lawn. Ornaghi & Prestinari’s Filemone e Bauci consists of two columns hugging and looking at the towers in front of them. An explosion of colour characterizes Pascal Marthine Tayou’s installation, Coloris, which consists of a hundred poles of different colours and sizes (ranging between 6 and 12 metres) with an egg on top of each telling about the magic of art and Africa. On the occasion of Milan Art Week 2020, they included some new works: Maurizio Mannucci’s existentialist neon lights of New times for other ideas / New ideas for other times; Adrian Paci’s Il rudere (a ruined building with some fruit trees growing inside it to show that nature can coexist and survive with and despite human intervention); and Wilfredo Prieto’s Beso (two large boulders that brush against each other exchanging a kiss). For sure, CityLife is worth a visit even without looking at the VIP penthouses. 

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