Crack of Gibellina – a ghost town

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November 22, 2016 by Liat

Written and delivered by Gaia Lazzaro


This landscape artwork was made by Alberto Burri from 1984 to 1989. Because of funding problems it was finished completely in 2015.

It is a site-specific artwork, which means that it is a contemporary exhibition made to interact with its surroundings. The identity of this work is given by the ambient, the architecture and the structures of the place and the culture. Usually it is used for public installations.


This work is made to remember the city of Gibellina destroyed by the earthquake of Belice in 1968. The work features 64,583 square feet of white concrete poured directly over the ruins of the old city. Alberto Burri left pathways where the city’s streets once were so that who visited it could travel through them and reflect on what’s been lost, to convey a claustrophobic experience hard to forget.


It is a dramatic and suggestive place that helps us sensibilize people on a theme very actual nowadays in Italy and in the rest of the world. Petra Noordkamp made three short documentaries about it commissioned by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which have been screened in amazing places all around Europe and the United States.

I chose this art exhibition because it is an Art and Design Work that causes a really strong impact on people’s thoughts. It is able to transmit the power of nature and the sensation of a ground ready to swallow you whole.



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This course is held at NABA: Nuova Accademia di belle arti by Chiara Gambarana and Liat Rogel

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