The Piazza del Vento

The “Piazza del Vento” project was created in 2017, following the inspiration of Renzo Piano, as a way to contribute to the International Boat Show and the city of Genoa. The project was designed by OBR, the Studio of architects Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi.

The Piazza del Vento was opened on Thursday 21st September 2017 during the inauguration of the 57th International Boat Show and acts as a multi-sensory installation that allows the Genoa Boat Show audience and the inhabitants of the city to experience the atmosphere and energy of the elements driving sea (the sun and the wind). OBR designed a “field” of 57 masts in red maple and white steel, each 12 meters high, on which triangular flakes in Dacron are inferred. Windex (wind vanes) were installed at the peak of the masts, sewn together with coloured “flame” spinnaker fabrics that show the wind’s direction and intensity. Completing the installation is the sound field “Melodie Mediterranee”, fruit of the collaboration between the musicians Roberto Pugliese, Margherita del Grosso and Matteo Orlandi: a system of brass pipes of different lengths arranged with a precise spatial pattern between the masts that produces the sound of our “mare nostrum” according to a Mediterranean musical scale “played” by the wind. The installation also sees the involvement of the poet and street artist Ivan Tresoldi who, with his group Artkademy, realised the anamorphosis: “Those who throw seeds to the wind will make the sky flourish”.

A key objective for UCINA (Italy’s Marine Industry Association), this project represents the bond that exists between the Genoa Boat Show and the surrounding city: “a collective installation created for a temporary event that becomes a permanent public work, in which to celebrate the rite of urbanity on the sea, enshrining in this the indissoluble link between the Boat Show and the city of Genoa “, explained Paolo Brescia.

By the 58th edition of the fair, the Piazza del Vento became a town square, experienced by everyone, by visitors to the Boat Show during the event, but also by the citizens of Genoa throughout the year. With this aim the architects of OBR have revisited the project integrating it with swings to be used in pairs under the shade of the sails and numerous deckchairs with a sea view: a super-public space, or better still super-urban, a new polarity of the city at the entrance of the Port, a new prominence of the city on the sea, an outpost from which to unveil the beauty of Genoa from a dual point of view: towards the sea, but also towards the city.

This contribution is also the “moral commitment” to contribute to the revival of Genoa, reinforcing the sense of community that the 58th Boat Show aims always to achieve, once again establishing its link with Genoa. Because the design of Genoa begins with the sea.

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.

Those who have contributed to the realization of “Piazza del Vento”