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The Fisherman’s Stilt House — Trabucco Di Montagna, Italy

Arte Sella Sculpture

Culture versus Nature

Culture can be seen as the framework that follows nature in all its facets. To date, this relationship, in which nature always comes in the first place, has always been respected. Although today we see a blurring of this configuration and man is taking the lead on nature and therefore disrupting the natural recovery. We can therefore say that our culture is for the first time disposing of nature. With well-known environmental problems such as air pollution, global warming, natural resource depletion, loss of biodiversity, water pollution, urban sprawl and ocean acidification as a result. It is therefore necessary to underpin our culture with more education and make it more accessible to everyone. Unfortunately, I notice most educational culture happens behind the closed doors of institutions such as museums, theatres, universities, etc. and therefore forms a huge barrier for many people. I think that’s a real shame and therefore I make a daily effort as an artist to bring culture in the form of art and its discourse into the public arena.

Giacomo Bianchi invited Arne Quinze in 2016 to build a sculpture at Arte Sella: a nature protected mountain in the region of Trentino, at about 150 km from Italy's art capital Venice. This sculpture park is unique, because it holds on to a close relationship with nature. The exhibiting artists are not the only creators of the artworks - only made of natural materials by the way - but accept that nature completes their work. Flowering climbing plants were planted in and around the sculpture, so that nature will absorb and take over the artwork over time.

​Culture: that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society.

— Edward Burnett Tylor.

Nature: the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations: “the breathtaking beauty of nature”.

— Oxford dictionaries

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