Each artists work reflects, even if unconsciously, a continuity withTuscan traditions while bringing to bear their own cultural heritage and artistic vision. Their gardens take many different forms, from majestic, formally designed acres punctuated with sculpture to tiny, intimate spaces that have colors of every imaginable hue. Daniel Spoerri has used the landscape as a dramatic backdrop for great new works of art scattered along a botanic trail. Niki de Saint Phalles extraordinary Tarot Garden houses twenty-two polychromatic sculptures representing the major arcana of the Tarot, while in Fernando Boteros Garden for the Goddess of Fertility, monumental bronze figures loom out of the trees. Mariella Sgaravattis essays offer telling insights into the artists motivations, andexplore the ways in which their work is intrinsically connected to the magical beauty of the Tuscan landscape, while Mario Ciampis photographs perfectly evoke the atmosphere of each garden. The descriptions of the gardens offer many exciting gardening solutions and will become a useful and original source of inspiration for anyone working in the field.
Artists included: Flavia Arlotta Colacicchi, Roberto Barni, Fernando Botero, Gianni Cacciarini and Daniele Cariani, Pietro Cascella, Lietta Cavalli, Sandro Chia, Niki de Saint Phalle, Betty Di Robilant, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Isanna Generali, Maro Gorky and Matthew Spender, Marcello Guasti, Frances Lansing, Lindsay Megarrity and Donald Leveers, Igor Mitoraj, Robert Morris, Janet Mullarney, Hidetoshi Nagasawa, W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp, Beverly Pepper, Sandro Poli, Gianni Ruffi, Jeffrey Smart and Hermes De Zan, Alan Sonfist, Daniel Spoerri, George Trakas, Flora Wiechman Savioli, Betty and George Woodman.