The Genoa International Boat Show brought a magnificent surprise to the city and its visitors. It is named “La Piazza del Vento” (the Square of the Winds) and it was born out of the imagination of Renzo Piano, as a contribution to the Boat Show and to the city of Genoa. Author of the project is the architectural studio OBR (Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi), who designed it specifically for the 57th edition of the Genoa Boat Show. From 21 to 26 September 2017, a new urban landmark appeared (and has since been confirmed to remain permanently); a work of art to which Capoferri contributed its technical experience in engineering and manufacturing to make it possible to realise an ambitious and poetic work. An installation conceived for a temporary event turning into permanent artwork, “creating a public space where to celebrate the rite of urbanity on the sea, enshrining the unbreakable bond between the “Salone Nautico and Genova” as architect Paolo Brescia explained. La Piazza del Vento allows the visitors of the Boat Show and the citizens of the City to interact with the environmental and energy of the sea (wind, sun, etc.). OBR designed a “field” of 57 masts from red cedar wood and steel painted white, 12 meters tall and bound together with textile shrouds with triangular Dacron jibs bent in. On the top of each mast a Windex will be placed, sewn with coloured spinnaker’s fabric to form the shape of a “flame” indicating the direction and the intensity of the wind. To enhance interaction with the public, the architects inserted several double-seat swings between the masts, where couples can sit in the shade of the sails while watching the sea.
OBR – di Paolo Brescia e Tommaso Principi
Genoa International Boat Show
OBR designed an installation conceived for a temporary event turning into a permanent artwork
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