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Hundreds of tiny paper-cut hexagons pay homage to the sky at Rome’s Gardens of Sallust

In his latest installation titled SandCloud, Italian artist Micaela Lattanzio uses hundreds of hand-cut paper hexagons, set in sand at the beautiful Horti Sallustiani in Rome, also known as the Gardens of Sallust.

The delicate blue hexagons – which aim to deconstruct the sky – look stunning against the backdrop of the historic Roman gardens, and will be on display for the next few weeks. Describing his work, Lattanzio said: “How can I talk about a sky fragmented, unrecognisable, dissolved? Crossing the desert – said Arcadia – I created an image, I anchored my feet in the sand and I experienced the splitting of the thin diaphragm boundary that marks the natural boundary between heaven and earth. In this unexpected otherness I recognised the roots in a place, I have defined the map of my movements, I understood the urgent need to rethink the space, no longer understood as aesthetic of endless memories, but as a key element of existence.

“The sky suddenly collapsed on the ground, the fragile fragments that I’ve collected in my hands have become the mirror in which to look, in which for the first time I grasped the mystery of subtleties of the clouds. I remembered the vaporous skies in the paintings of Monet and I asked myself: what can be certain a look?”

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