Fendi Pays Homage To Rome With Modern Art Installation

Featuring sculpture by Giuseppe Penone.

BY IAN LOH | May 24, 2017 | Fashion

Entitled Foglie di pietra (Leaves of Stone), the artwork by Giuseppe Penone, commissioned by Fendi, is installed in Largo Goldoni in Rome, opposite Palazzo Fendi. After the restoration of the Trevi Fountain and of other five fountains, this modern art installation is Fendi’s way of reflecting their deep bond with the city Rome.

“We are extremely proud to donate this wonderful and incredible art piece by Giuseppe Penone to the city of Rome, its citizens and the million tourists who come visit the Eternal City every day. ‘Foglie di pietra’ embodies once again how much tied we are to this city and the importance it carries in the history of FENDI. Penone is an Italian artist of international fame with whom we share the passion for creation, sublime savoir-faire and continuous dialogue between tradition and innovation, core values of FENDI,” states Pietro Beccari, Chairman and CEO of FENDI.

The sculpture: two bronze trees – 18 and 9 meter-tall respectively – interlace their branches, lifting-up at 5 meters from the ground a sculpted marble block weighing 11 tonnes. In Foglie di pietra, it signifies archaeology and ruins, history and biology that are grafted one on the other, creating a permanent bond between nature and culture, celebrating a deep synthesis between the flowing of natural and human time where a sense of longing and a romantic nostalgia for lost civilizations are brought to the surface.

Next time when you’re in Rome, don’t forget to drop by to admire at this masterpiece.