The sky above Milan
For Christmas 2003, having to prepare a thematic installation that shied away from commonplaces and the most well-known iconography, but which still returned the sense of a loved and expected recurrence, we resorted to the cinematographic memory, where the unforgettable memory of “The sky over Berlin” by Wim Wenders.
The happy idea of ”securing” the traditional religious identity of the angel, giving wings to some of his characters, the invention of figures capable of “listening to thoughts”, the profound melancholy and despair of a world in which estrangement and alienation prevail , the livid splendor of black and white, make that film a cult of contemporary cinematography.
The resumption of that theme in the window, placing it on the roofs of an imaginary Milan, constitutes a quote and a wish. The protection that traditionally the guardian angel dispenses extends in a recreated image, to an entire city.
For this installation, taking into account the limited space available, we chose the way of a realistic construction using material commonly used in construction: the roofs are real tiles, the windows are those of an authentic attic, the plaster that of a common facade of a house. The mannequins, whose real faces refer to the idea of the humanity of angels, are equipped with specially made feather wings. In the light of an urban night, the men-angels keep watch to protect a housing nucleus that acts as a symbol for an entire community.