Edoardo Tresoldi Creates Near Transparent Wire Mash Sculptures

Sculptures work with all sorts of different materials, and Edoardo Tresoldi found a way to create transcending and whimsical pieces with an unusual medium—wire mash. His near-transparent sculptures have to be seen to be believed and he’s creating them with a goal to “transcend the time-space dimension”.

Tresoldi started his artistic journey as a painter, but his interest switched to scenography, sculpture, and cinema during his art studies in Rome. He started performing his public space interventions in 2013 and has since staged them in many public parks, festivals, and exhibitions.

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⁣ O P E R A ⁣⁣ ⁣ ——— Permanent installation⁣ Reggio Calabria, Italy⁣ ⁣ ——— Opera was created to celebrate the contemplative relationship between place and human beings through the language of classical architecture and the transparency of the Absent Matter. The open wire-mesh structure – consisting of a colonnade of 46 pillars peaking at 8 meters within a 2,500-square meter park – will offer a new monument fully crossable and accessible to locals and visitors alike. The installation will be part of one of the largest European public spaces and aims to become a new landmark in the region.⁣ ⁣ Opera is a monument to contemplation through which the place further defines itself. Tresoldi plays with the grammar of classical architecture – as well as with the transparency of the wire mesh – to research new visual poetics in dialogue with the surroundings and the viewer. The pillars, Western cultural heritage’s founding archetypes, compose a courtly frame allowing for a further interpretation of the park.⁣ ⁣ The installation generates a mental agora that leads visitors into an ever-changing perceptive dimension thanks to the park’s varying heights and depths. Opera opens up relationships in several directions within an already materially open space: the perspective corridors run towards the landscape while the transparent pillars define an open structure that accommodates, accompanies and defines the spatial experience and establish a direct relationship between earth and sky.⁣ ⁣ Opera is also the physical outcome of Tresoldi’s reflections on architectural composition and decomposition. The dialogue between the installation and its location can be seen through the colonnade’s distribution, which intentionally does not match the park’s. Similar to a musical counter-melody, their overlapping suggests two different melodies played at the same time. Walking through the park, the visitor encounters harmonies and contrasts between the two architectural systems.⁣ ⁣ ——— Ph. @ilcontephotography ——— #EdoardoTresoldi #EdoardoTresoldiOPERA #OPERA #OPERAReggioCalabria

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The Italian sculptor worked with many industrial materials before discovering his affinity for wire mash while building set designs. Its transparency allows him to create an immersive experience for visitors by forming a direct link between the sculpture and the environment, and that’s why wire mash remains his favorite material.

“Its lightness and the capability to tell the absence of matter, the immaterial side of things. I see in wire mesh poetics the depiction of a mental projection or, when related to history, the representation of what used to exist but is no longer there,” Tresoldi told Design Boom.