The lime that covers the houses is perhaps the main distinctive feature of Ostuni, nicknamed for this “white city”. The profile of the apulian resort, seen from afar, looks like an immense whitish and shiny expanse, and approaching the houses and palaces of Ostuni, it is possible to grasp layers over layers of lime, storing different periods of time. Starting from these suggestions, Francesco Ciavaglioli imagined an extension of the lime to some delimited areas of the gardens: depositing on any element present (plants, grass, earth …) the lime scattered by the artist produces a “tabula rasa” of space, a reset of Its formal and chromatic qualities, suggesting a bond with the antibacterial properties of the binder and creating an association between gardens and cities.
Environmental intervention lime on ground, Ostuni Gardens
"It goes along trhee planes of land now forsaken,
it was fertile at the time of Messapians, from before Christ for millennia people had fed
alternating cycles loosening through the thick mesh of terraces of humus
Eat! Eat town! Of your lands and your efforts thou nourish
on your stronghold thou depend on your foundations
MCMLXXI record of the defeat, nothing rises, no more vegetables
Now desertifies hostages breath the same air of you citizens.
Eartly Renaissance, oh! dawn, shine, grow of new life,
purify your flesh, run in your colors, free Your scent
cycle of lights upholster your desert and liven your design"
Critical text by Giacinta Gandolfo