2021 edition in Nice

The labyrinthe of the muses

By Daniela Donisi.
In antiquity, there were nine Muses, representing the supreme ideal, the absolute truth: Clio, Thalia, Erato, Polyhymnia, Calliope, Terpsichore, Urania, Melpomene, Euterpe ... They were in charge of all artistic fields.

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THE GARDEN

In antiquity, there were nine Muses, representing the supreme ideal, the absolute truth: Clio, Thalia, Erato, Polyhymnia, Calliope, Terpsichore, Urania, Melpomene, Euterpe ... They were in charge of all artistic fields.

Encounter with the Muses: why does inspiration appear as suddenly as it vanishes? This wonder is surrounded by an aura of mystery and unpredictability. It is difficult to envisage having it on order. It can be invoked, but nothing says it will appear. Yet, sometimes, it comes spontaneously, only to leave just as quickly and for a long time.

The artist then suffers while awaiting its next visit, but, the more it is called on, the more elusive it becomes. He doesn't know how to get it, it's the famous blank canvas syndrome.

A visit to the Labyrinth of the Muses is like a rite of passage, which is accomplished by crossing a blue peristyle (a reference to the classical world made contemporary by its colour). It symbolises the path travelled by every artist on their personal quest. Head in the clouds, they are aware of their unique character and the need to communicate their own vision of the world. They transform their experience, made up of disappointments, obstacles to overcome, successes, setbacks, into an artistic beauty which heals the soul.

From the desire to express themselves comes inspiration, the vital spark of creativity allowing them to transform shadow into light.

The route of the visit begins with an intermittent pathway resting on a carpet of sedum, to underline the chaotic aspect of the lives of artists which often means adjudicating between prudence and bold choices. Then a continuous path follows, covering a gravel path. This alternation between discontinuity and continuity symbolises that creative freedom is a capacity which can be lost.

"Musaikòn" in Greek means "the patient work of the Muses." This is the origin of the word mosaic. Now, this garden, dedicated to the Muses, is made up like a large open-air mosaic. A labyrinth marked with symbolic sensory experiences (visual, olfactory, auditory and tactile for the visitor) leading to an encounter with the Muses, after which inspiration becomes pure brightness. The lush plant matrix made up of sedum, citrus, ornamental grasses, Mediterranean, aquatic and succulent plants and 130 jasminum polianthum, in full bloom, refers to the Garden of the Hesperides, a legendary place reserved for the Gods, where spring is eternal.

COUNTRY

Italy

THE TEAMS

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  • Daniela Donisi, Architect, artist and gardener, from Savona, Italy
  • Giorgio Broccardo: Mechanical Engineer from Savona, Italy
  • Luca Luzzini: Gardener, owner of Ethical Garden in Vertemate con Minoprio, Italy
  • Desirée Doljak: Beekeeper and Horticulturalist, owner of La Piuma Savona, Italy
  • Fabrizio Duca: Surveyor and gardener, Talamona, Italy

PARTNERS

Viaggi Floreali, Resin pro

Access to the gardens depends on the sanitary measures in force.