MOONS

60 moons in Spoleto’s sky for the sixty editions of the Festival


a project by Giancarlo Neri



In the solar system – our home – there are more than one hundred and fifty. Mars has two, Pluto five, Neptune thirteen, Saturn twenty-one and Jupiter forty-seven. Only Venus and Mercury have none, why? We don’t know. What we do know is that we only have one satellite, the Moon. But what if we had two? So, since this is only an hypothesis, why not make it sixty: sixty moons. One for each year of the Festival of Two Worlds. What would our planet look like if it had many moons? In Spoleto, the home of fantasy and imagination by definition, it will be possible to discover it. "LUNE" is a luminous installation spread over the town’s historic center. Sixty luminous globes, with a diameter ranging from 25 in. to 4 ft, strategically positioned on towers, churches, palaces and rooftops of the old town so as to always offer a "multiple" view of the sixty satellites orbiting around planet Earth. I have been playing with the Moon and with moons for over twenty-five years now, and very seriously at that. In New York, London, Naples, Rio de Janeiro, Lisbon... and now Spoleto: it’s a fatal attraction and I’ll probably never tire of it.



Giancarlo Neri was born in Naples 1955. In 1978 he moved to New York City, where he studied at the Art Students League and lived until 1997. After his beginnings as a painter Neri turned to making site-specific, large-scale installations in the U.S., South America and Europe. Among his best-known works "Still Night" at the Clocktower Gallery (P.S.1) in New York, 1989; "180 Sedie a Capri", on Capri’s Via Krupp, 1991; "The Writer" in London’s Hampstead Heath, 2005, now on permanent view at the Villa Reale of Monza; "Luna & Laltra", permanent installation at Naples’ Castel Sant’Elmo, 2008; "Massimo Silenzio" at the Circo Massimo in Rome, 2007, then repeated in Madrid (2008), Dubai (2009) and Rio de Janeiro (2012) e "Audioghost68" on Alberto Burri’s Grande Cretto in Gibellina, Sicily, 2015. Neri currently lives and works in Rome.

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