The Altana (Upper Floor) of the Castle, as a preview of Orbita is dedicated to its installation in Castello Gamba next summer. Original preparatory drawings, technical elevations, renderings and testimonies to the genesis of the work are exhibited on the walls.
A line of warm LED lighting flows within an imposing but light steel structure. It follows the course of the supporting structure for an extension of 65 meters, with a width of 20 meters and a depth of 13. It is an ellipse of light conceived by the artist to encircle the top of the castle and embrace its perimeter. At the level of the central tower, an orbit visible from a great distance, and not only by night, represents a unique case of its kind in Europe and will transform the Museum into an iconic image recognizable throughout the world. This work, which will change the face of the Castello Gamba, is the result of a project elaborated by the artist with Casa Testori, at the wish of the structure Historical and artistic heritage and management of cultural sites of the Superintendence of the Autonomous Region of the Valle d’Aosta, and was realized with the support of the Ministry of Culture, which awarded it the 2020 PAC (Piano per l’Arte Contemporanea), a competition promoted by the Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea.
An orbit in which the building, and the works of art it contains, are the generative center, the sun around which it revolves.
The severe structure of the castle is pierced and lightened by a contemporary symbol that accelerates the capacity for cultural irradiation of its content, placed in a new circle of transmission. The museum becomes a hub and an ideal “engine”, a “sun” of the collectivity, around which rotate its “satellites”, that is to say, the contemporary collective expectations of beauty and knowledge.
The presentation of Orbita on the Altana has been mounted with the contribution of CVA Energie.