Among the ‘Borghi più Belli d’Italia’ (the most beautiful villages in Italy), very close to Fiera di Primiero and San Martino di Castrozza, Mezzano claims its proud identity and celebrates the countryside with themed itineraries dedicated to water, gardens, rural architecture, carvings, frescoes, and woodpiles, which become art here. An example of an Italy that does not give up and represents values that are lost elsewhere.
Mezzano has always been a crossroads toward more renowned places, but for those who have the desire - and the intuition - to dwell in the village, Mezzano brings on stage its own show, an enchanting one with its disarming simplicity, joining the ranks of the ‘Borghi più Belli d’Italia’ (the most beautiful villages in Italy) thanks to a touching setting in the Dolomites.
Today the village is a kind of reservoir of alpine life, an inexhaustible mine of ideas that show in every hidden corner, along the narrow streets, in the small squares, in the shadow of the balconies in a vibrant museum under the sky. To be explored with different themed itineraries, inviting you to experience again the ‘scattered signs of the countryside’: water, gardens, architecture, wall paintings, ancient inscriptions, and artistic woodpiles.
For some time now, a discrete and enchanting new art form exploded, unique in its simplicity. So simple that no one had thought of it before. The village, in fact, is hosting many wonderful and monumental artistic woodpiles. Along the narrow streets, on the balconies, in the squares and the courtyards, the traditional stockpile of logs for the winter gets all pretty for ‘Cataste e Canzei’ (the local terms for the woodpiles), a particular initiative that each year attracts famous artists to create their large installations. So, here is the accordion that looks like a star, the hourglass between the sun and the moon to mark the passage of time, the great wall that reminds us of the flood that hit the village in 1966, the men intent on cutting the tree, and the unstable woodpile which yields in a choreographic collapse. A total of 25 artistic woodpiles already scattered throughout the village, and there are plans for new ones to be added year after year.
In Mezzano, everything comes from nature and to nature it leads. Just like the many marked trails that, by foot or mountain bike from the village, make you discover a still intact and poignant environment. Mezzano is in the natural reserve of the Parco di Paneveggio Pale di San Martino and adjoins the one of the Belluno Dolomites.
‘CATASTE E CANZEI’
The wood stockpile for the winter becomes art
Mezzano, jewel among the ‘Borghi più Belli d’Italia’ (the most beautiful villages in Italy), in a strong connection with wood and other elements of mountain nature, is hosting many wonderful artistic woodpiles.
In the summer of 2016 we inaugurated four more of them.
The traditional stockpile of logs for the winter gets all pretty and takes unexpected shapes along the narrow streets, at the feet of the ancient facades and before the typical balconies, in the small squares, the courtyards, under the stairs, in the hallways and on the very balconies: it gives back stories long past, delivers dreams, reinterprets historical events, tells us of the householders.
Every corner holds a surprise: the face in tears, the shuttle of the loom (a refined weaving mill of ancient weaves hides in the village), the large cob above the chicken coop, the wooden sticks landscape that looks like marquetry, the representation of a folk song, giant flowers, small windows between the logs from which lace and cascades of geraniums hang, in other words, a village to explore!
No one’s yet everyone’s.It is an anonymous woodpile yet crowded with names, the one that opens the path of Cataste and Canzei. Not an art installation but a ‘simple’ woodpile, a traditional one, that welcomes the photo-portraits of all the artists who participated in the initiative and who sign the itinerary.
The artist resides in Fiera di Primiero. With a rich artistic curriculum and several internships with the great masters, of Mezzano he wanted to highlight the ‘stoli’, which are the tunnels used to convey drinking water to the village from the aqueduct. A tribute to the ancient role of water, which was once much more respected and feared at the same time. The work was not by chance realized in 2011, the international year of water.
A rather important name for a direct artwork that stands out for its striking simplicity: a huge cob with full and golden seeds, unreachable up high on the balcony, that seems to make fun of the eager and surprised chickens of the chicken coop right underneath it. Actually, the artwork, through the representation of the corn, wants to remind us of the old function of the balcony, where the cobs were hung up to dry in the sun. The artist is from Primiero, archaeological restorer and designer.
Another artist from Mezzano. Sculptor of the artisan laboratory of wood sculptures of the village, he has created a balancing woodpile: the large, electric-blue arrow points at the bottom vertical log, which alone holds all the sculpture, the result of an incredible game of joints and levers.
Past and present merge: over a modern garage, a sort of wooden cornice with an embedded sled and a cart, the kind used to transport the logs from the woods and that in the evening would stay where today we park the motor vehicles. A tribute to days gone which also wants to cover today’s ‘abominations’, dressing the concrete with the timeless warmth of wood.
The soul of Trentino is identified in the mountain, the fields, and the forest. The author's attention focuses precisely on the latter, finding himself in perfect harmony with the spirit of Cataste & Canzei. His sensitivity and imagination created an idealized yet real forest. There is much to see in this artwork: the trees as columns of the sky, the branches that by intertwining symbolize human relationships. Everything summarized in the silhouette of a backlit forest, dormant in the winter while it waits to bloom again.
With this artwork the young artist from Puglia wants to represent the true wealth and resource of this land: the logs that flow like a waterfall from the cornucopia are evidence that wood is the most versatile and natural resource that has always accompanied mankind.
An only apparently random assemblage of logs of irregular shape but equal length that reminds us of a wave. The artwork wants to underline the contrast between nature and civilization, and the superiority of the former over the latter. Symbolically, the fact that the wave goes up vertically into the sky yet develops on the ground, signifies the ambivalence of life: so far away, immense, and incomprehensible, but at the same time so close and palpable.
Third year of arts high school G.Soraperra di Pozza di Fassa, design course
Fourth year of arts high school G.Soraperra di Pozza di Fassa, design course