2nd Rebirth Forum
Michelangelo Pistoletto’s giant Apple Made Whole Again was installed at the center of Piazza del Duomo in Milan for the opening of the EXPO in May 2015. The work was dedicated by the FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) to the fifth year of celebration of the VIA LATTEA, the “Milky Way” that comprises the entire agricultural hinterland of the Lombard capital, the largest in Italy. The steel structure of the Apple Made Whole Again was covered entirely with (natural) turf. Around it a large symbol of the Third Paradise was outlined with bales of straw, laid out during a performance by 300 people. Authorities of the UN, the city of Milan and the FAI took part in the opening ceremony. An agreement has been reached between Michelangelo Pistoletto, his Cittadellarte foundation, the FAI and representatives of the municipality of Milan for the donation of the Apple Made Whole Again to the city of Milan. Piazza Duca d’Aosta, in front of the Stazione Centrale, has been chosen as the appropriate location for its permanent installation. At the end of May, while waiting for its definitive location to be ready, the work was moved from Piazza del Duomo to the Parco Sempione and covered temporarily with textile material. Now that the technical and administrative procedures have reached their conclusion, we are coming to the moment of the installation of the Apple Made Whole Again in Piazza Duca d’Aosta. The sculpture will be officially unveiled on March 19, 2016, following a month of work in which the metal structure of the Apple will be reassembled and then covered with a layer of clay that will give it the appearance of marble.
In relation to the artistic and social significance of this work, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto organized, on the two days preceding the unveiling of the sculpture, a forum entitled 2nd Rebirth Forum—The Apple Made Whole Again that was held on the premises of the Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci in Milan. Along with some Italian ambassadors of the Third Paradise—Rebirth, the participants in the forum included representatives of public institutions, university professors and researchers, teachers and members of civil society associations and other entities engaged in practices of responsible and sustainable innovation in a range of spheres, from agriculture to health, from technology to economics, from manufacturing to politics, from architecture to fashion.
2nd Rebirth Forum
March 17-19, 2016
Museo della Scienza e della tecnica "Leonardo Da Vinci", Milan