Permanent artistic intervention in the new building
of the secondary school of Balerna, Switzerland.
The artistic intervention Metamorfosi is a narration whose theme pivots around that of growth. The title refers to transformations which can occur in a human being when a dichotomy is created between belonging to what each one of us comes from, and something new which starts growing inside oneself. The potential that is to be found in becoming.
The first image that is visible on entering the building is a serigraph that represents the imprint of the artery system of a foot, printed on the ceiling in the stairs leading from the groundfloor to the first floor. On climbing a number of steps one can then see the serigraph of an enlargement of a fingerprint on the ceiling of the stairs. Both images are like a trace of a passage that has always existed in the concrete and lead to the main part of the artistic intervention. This is a composition on the high walls of the last floor of the stairwell where the natural light enters from a glass roof. The composition is made up of seven framed images that represent pressed and dried flowers or plants taken from antique herbariums. Each flower is combined with the image of a serigraphed root printed directly on the wall below the framed plant. Evidenced in this way is the horizontal axis which divides what is visible and lies above ground from what is hidden below ground.