The Event: the Lagoon Monster in the Naples Underground
Forty meters below the characteristic and lively streets of the Historic Center of Naples, you find a different world, unexplored, isolated by time, but deeply connected with the world above.
It’s the heart of Naples, and the place from which the city was born. To visit it is to travel to the past, a world 2400 years old.
Every historic epic, from the foundation of Neopolis, to the bombs of WWII, has left it’s mark on the walls of the yellow tufa stone, the soul of Naples, and the stone with which the city was built.
And in these depths full of history and legends, the lagoon monster will emerge, after a long journey that took him through the Mediterranean, to the waters of Constantinople.
The presentation event will be right in the city's underground, in the womb of the old town.
After the February preview at the Tenuta Agricola di Cavallino Treporti, Venice, with an exhibition that attracted 1700 visitors upon invitation in 12 hours, “the lagoon monster” has reemerged from the quiet and magic waters of Punta della Dogana, in Venice, in the charming location Magazzini del Sale, where, at the 54th Art Biennale, was hosted by the exhibition “Meridiano Acqua, Meridiano Fuoco”. In autumn 2011 the monster was exposed in the in the beautiful setting of the Museo di Arte della città di Ravenna, at the International Mosaics Festival.
In Spring 2012 the monster was hosted in the magic city, Istanbul, in the magical atmosphere of the Yerebatan Cistern, the Underground Cistern that was constructed at the time of Byzantine Empire in order to meet the water needs of the city. In 2013 the monster will be hosted in the Underground Naples, Naples.
Designed by Architect Simona Marta Favrin, it is an over 6 mt creature, made of an iron structure and a Murano glass skin created by the Glassmaker Nicola Moretti.
The lagoon monster is a magic creature, born from a legend told by Alberto Toso Fei and exhibited in its natural environment, namely water.
Featuring an innovative technological soul that lives through a pulsing heart and breathing in water, the lagoon monster is a live element, unpredictably still and irrationally scared by anthropic presence.