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“But unlike a building, a garden never
With these words from his book
"Brida", Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho uses a metaphor to describe
two ways that we can think about our existence. The first he compares to the
construction of a building; an undertaking which, sooner or later, is complete.
The second he compares to caring for a garden; which, on the contrary, is an
unrelenting commitment that lasts a lifetime.
If then a man, his garden, art and nature
blend together; the combination will reach beyond life, to infinity. This is
exactly what is happening in Seggiano, in one of the most charming Tuscany
Villas, situated on the slopes of Mount Amiata.
In the mid-1990s, an extravagant
Swiss-Romanian artist, Daniel Spoerri, went in search among the Tuscany villas
for his perfect retreat. He was one of
the foremost pioneers of the New Realism movement and he was looking for the
perfect place that could give life to his grand plan:
a park-museum of sculptures and artistic
He found his dream Tuscany Villa in Seggiano.
sixteen acres of park land he restored and transformed the derelict buildings
into his mansion-laboratory. Soon, Spoerri’s works of art started to appear all
over the park. Then other artists were invited to join in and add their
imaginative ideas to help with the project.
In amongst the mazes the enigmatic figures
and unlikely sculptured sofas made of grass appear from nowhere. The most
remarkable pieces is the one titled "No 13 Chambre de l'Hotel
Carcassonne." This creation is made of bronze and reproduces every minute
detail of the hotel room in Paris where Daniel Spoerri stayed for a long time
before settling in Tuscany.
There are dozens of interesting artistic
displays here and their unpredictable locations are often striking. The works
remind you of camouflaged soldiers, stationed behind the bushes or on trees,
waiting to launch and ambush the perusing visitors! Interwoven with the works
of art there is a developing botanical
tour, a guided tour round the park land.
The garden can be visited from spring to
autumn or during the winter months if you book in advance. This experience is
unique and not to be missed!
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