Il labirinto di Arianna Messina

Sicily is an emblem of culture, art and cuisine in Italy and in the world.

There are places on the beautiful island that are a cure-all for the eyes and the spirit, although less famous than the famous arancini.

Have you ever heard ofAriadne's maze?

It is a work of land art born from the genius of Italo Lanfredini in 1988. We can find it and clearly visit it inCastel di Lucio, in the province of Messina.


Il labirinto di Arianna Messina

It is not the only free work of art that we can find in the district, this is because Arianna's labyrinth is configured inside thela Fiumara dArte..

Fiumara dArte: A love story towards one's neighbor and naturea 

The protagonist of this story has a name and a surname,Antonio Presti.

In 1982 Presti, a Sicilian entrepreneur with a passion for art, found himself having to face the loss of his father..

Almost as if he were looking for an answer, the young businessman wandered through the Messina areas until he came to the Fiumara di Tusa, an ancient river that flowed between the Nebrodi mountains.

It is precisely at this moment that the concept of Fiumara dArte was born in Presti's mind for the first time. He commissioned a sculpture to commemorate his father to Pietro Consagra, but he did not keep this work for himself, on the contrary!i!

He had the stele positioned exactly at the mouth of the river, because according to him the art should have been a collective good and not an exclusive habit of some private person..

But despite the noble intent, the world seemed to row against him.

Poor Presti had to fight with his fingernails and teeth so that these works would not be left to themselves, coming to receive pressure that invited him to demolish what has already been done.

A very significant gesture was given in 2005 by Presti, who did his best to cover the window on the sea with a tarpaulin with the word written on it.CLOSED in all languages of the world.

The phrase is still remembered today“There are men who in life have the joy of opening the windows on the sea but those same men have the power to close them.

But as in fairy tales, in the end good intentions triumph!

After years of struggle and abuse, Fiumara dArte is finally recognized in 2006 in all respects as a park..

Ariadne's maze

Ariadne 's maze is a work of landing art created between 1988 and 1989 a few km from Castel di Lucio fromItalo Lanfredini commissioned byAntonio Presti.

Once arrived in Sicily, Lanfredini was enchanted by the culture of the place and above all by Sicilian architecture. A crucial role was played by the cryptic and labyrinthine streets of the Sicilian suburbs and by the Hellenic atmosphere that breathed throughout the

After a year of projects and reworkings finally the lighting!!

Almost as happened to Homer with Calliope, Lanfredini was also inspired by a muse, more precisely by Ariadne, Minosse's daughter.

The artist, to make the work, decided to use only concrete, and he did it in a very particular way..

In fact, he decided not to model the concrete coil in any way, leaving this burden on atmospheric agents and visitors.

This aspect speaks volumes about the intentions of the work itself, in fact although it is a work of modern art, we can note the absolute compatibility with the environment.te.

It is as if it has been there since the beginning of time..

Special features

That this structure is absolutelyViva it is perceived from afar.

The entry of this trans-dimensional portalit appears as a narrow and high unogiva leading to a spiral path..

Another peculiarity that can be noticed right away is that despite being a maze, there is only one path..

This is the crucial point of the work!! The purpose of this labyrinth is not to get lost, but to find yourself.

The frenzy and everyday wear and tear lead each individual to a process of de personification, such as to make him an unknown towards himself.

Finding yourself isto find primordial peace lost in the murky daily thoughts.

Precisely for this reason, the labyrinth of Ariadne presents itself as a solitary, enveloping and benevolent path to be followed in all senses.

The core of this labyrinth is characterized by an imposingolive. A strong symbolism that is not left to chance: after the concrete again nature, a strong message, which reminds us of our place in the world, but which nonetheless arouses a sense of respect and peace.

The myth of Ariadne

Ariadne's myth tells the story of gods, kings, heroes, monsters and bulls!

It is in fact intertwined with the myth of the Minotaur, a divine monster born in a mannersomewhat bizarre!

It all starts with Minos, king of the then flourishing Crete..

He prayed to Poseidon, the mighty god of the sea, to send him a bull so he could sacrifice it in his honor.

So shortly afterwards the wealthy king saw a majestic and beautiful man emerge from the seawhite bull.

At the sight of the bull, however, the human nature of the king took over, and decided to sacrifice another bull to the god, keeping for himself the bull that came out of the sea.

Clearly the god noticed the deception and decided to punish him in a singular way, cursing Pasifae, Minos' wife..

In fact, from that moment on she began to have carnal desire towards the bull.

The obsession grew day by day, and after several failures the queen decided to turn to Daedalus..

The inventor for his part found a solution!!

He built a wooden cow with the hollow interior positioned on wheels. Once inside this hollow cow it was covered with cowhide, so as to seem in all respects an animal..

The experiment was successful!!

Thus was born Asterio, better known as Minotaur, a beast that preserved the body as a human being, but had typically bullfighting characters such as horns, hooves and tail.

Once again Daedalus was asked to resolve the problem. He was assigned the construction of a labyrinth to be able to enclose the unclean creature and keep Crete safe..

In the construction of the labyrinth, even Daedalus himself was trapped and only thanks to the genius of his son Icarus did he manage to fly away through thewax wings, but that's another myth.

We finally see the figure of Ariadne, daughter of Minos, who in the meantime grew up and fell in love with Theseus, Athenian hero who left with the sacrificial victims. Athens was a vassal of Crete and sent children every year to feed the Minotauro)

The young princess fell in love at the first glance of Theseus and confided to him a stratagem to be able to go back.

On the day of the trial he decided, under Arianna's suggestion, to leave first for the Minotaur, keeping the head of the ball tied to the entrance of the labyrinth close to

Thanks to this trick it was possible for the young hero to kill Asterio and go back from the maze.

The myth continues, although not in favor of Ariadne. She decided to leave together with the hero, but he understanding the seriousness of the girl's intentions, decided to abandon her on the island of Naxos..

Destroyed by pain, she cried until she attracted the attention of Dionysus, who fell in love with her and married her..

And Theseus?

Upon leaving for Crete, the young Athenian in common agreement with his father decided to attribute a message to the color of the sails:

  • Black sails: bad omen, mission failed
  • White sails: the monster is defeated, victory!

So at the start they mounted the black sails, wanting to describe the melancholy of the situation. The mocking fate, however, sometimes plays bad jokes, in fact on the way back they forgot to assemble the white sails.

Aegean, the father of Theseus, checked the sea every day, and recognized the black sails of his son's ship he took despair to the point of throwing himself off the cliff.


That of Ariadne's myth is a metaphor for life, we often let ourselves be carried away by things, but without really holding in our handsthe wirethat can bring us back on the right path.

In the maze you don't get lost

We are in the maze

The Minotaur is not encountered in the labyrinth

In the maze you meet yourself

H. Kern

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