Dove il cielo s’attacca alla collina

Cantine Ceretto, Bricco Rocche, Castiglione Falletto

2013

“Where the sky sticks to the hill”, curated by Gale Cochrane, Cantine Ceretto, Bricco Rocche – Castiglione Falletto

“Ovunque Proteggimi” is a mobile sculpture, designed to delimit – or protect, as the name suggests – the land of Bricco Rocche, one of the crus symbol for the production of Casa Ceretto wines, in Castiglione Falletto in the geographical center of the area of Barolo. The subjects that make up the sculpture, united when the gate is closed, reveal a particular relationship with the surrounding area. Looking at them from the outside, one gets the impression that they are turning their gaze to the cellar. In the same way, moving your point of view inside the gate, you find them again from behind, with your gaze turned to the Serralunga Castle.

In the spring of 2013, four 2-meter high iron plates, positioned in the vineyard at the cardinal points, composed the work “Where the sky sticks to the hill”. The title is a phrase taken from “Il Partigiano Johnny” by Beppe Fenoglio, a writer who is the symbol of the Langhe, and perfectly represents the game suggested by the sculptures. Inside each stele a childlike figure is cut out that allowed the viewer to immerse themselves, through art, in the panorama of the surrounding vineyards.

Inside the glass cube, the symbol of the Bricco Rocche cellar, the ten large frescoes that make up the work “Ognjen” have been exhibited, depicting a child who, turning on himself, interacts with the viewer’s gaze.

“Children are presences that validate the I-world relationship, which describe it beyond the desire for possession that arises with the competition that arises when the times for reproduction and the struggle that this brings with it are ripe.

The intervention in the countryside is therefore configured as a sort of homage to a secular pantheism, in which no homage is paid to any god except nature itself and its ability to give and protect life. In this framework, man and place interpenetrate and help each other. At the very least, this alliance is the simple utopia into which Berruti invites us, a utopia that has always come true when man, animals and the earth are able to understand each other and help each other. “

Angela Vettese