The soul of Cervia Città Giardino, Europe’s largest open-air floral art exhibition, has always been to use flowers to launch a message of joy and hope. Flowers are symbols of peace and friendship among peoples, a bridge that unites and leads to rebirth.
This message of hope continues this year thanks to “Dante and the gardens of Eden“, a project conceived and coordinated by Flavia Mazzoni, Head of the Green Service of the Municipality of Cervia. The “open air” route, inspired by the book “Flowers, herbs and the forest in the Divine Comedy” by Carmelita D’Onofrio Flocco, crosses the woods and beautiful gardens spread over Milano Marittima, Cervia, Pinarella and Tagliata, edited by Green Service of the Municipality of Cervia.
An “open air” itinerary across the woods and the beautiful gardens of the Garden City, to discover the vegetal world imagined by Dante in his poem, which winds its way through a spectacular parallel universe, exploring the peculiar, interesting, rich vegetation which was the background to the literary work of the supreme poet, and who has passed on to us his knowledge of vegetation, botany and flowers.
It is thanks to the creativity of Argentinean artist Oscar Dominguez and his sculptures that appropriate both physically and metaphorically the places, that a close dialogue with the surrounding space is undertaken. The theme of the balance between heaven and earth, between emptiness and fullness, makes these installations light and integrates them perfectly into the environment in which they are placed.
In some of the scenes, the artist blends his creativity with that of Cervia’s elementary school children, who use modest materials and a lot of imagination to create a fantastic, dreamlike atmosphere, rich in colors and shapes.
Moreover, a series of artists who are friends of Cervia are completing the installations with their particular interpretations of Dante’s world.