The Piazza del Vento
The “Piazza del Vento” project was inspired by Renzo Piano, as a way to contribute to the International Boat Show and the city of Genoa. The project is the brainchild of OBR, the Studio of architects Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi, who first came up with the idea for the 57th edition of the International Boat Show held in Genoa between 21st and 26th September 2017.
The installation, strongly supported by UCINA (the Italian Marine Industry Association), represents the Boat Show’s legacy with regards to the city: “An installation conceived for a temporary event becoming a permanent feature, capable of creating a public space in which to celebrate the ritual of urban life on the sea, thus sanctioning the unbreakable bond between the International Boat Show and Genoa”, as explained by the architect Paolo Brescia.
The Piazza del Vento will enable visitors and citizens alike to interact with the natural phenomena and energy of the sea, felt through the wind and the sun. OBR envisioned a “field” of 57 masts made from red maple and white steel, reaching 12 metres in height and linked together with textile stays on which triangular jibs in Dacron are hoisted. A Windex, sewn with colourful spinnaker material in the shape of flames, will be installed at the top of each mast, showing the direction and intensity of the wind. In order to make the Piazza del Vento even more interactive for visitors, Architects Brescia and Principi have envisaged a number of swings installed among the masts, creating dynamic and moving seats to be used in pairs in the shadow of the sails while overlooking the sea.
The Piazza del Vento was opened on Thursday 21st September 2017 during the inauguration of the 57th International Boat Show and was dedicated to Carlo Riva.
Special thanks go to all the companies who truly supported the project: Capoferri SpA, Harken, Gottifredi Maffioli, OBR, Studio Borlenghi, North Sails, Mure a Dritta, OneSails, Quantum Italy, Boris Production, Aster and Spim.