Contemporary art in Peccioli

At the beginning of the 90s Peccioli introduced itself as an open-air site in which to test out a new relationship between art and urban design, seeking to unite in an extraordinary calling for intervention from all sectors, not only the research for innovation, but also the symbolic and imaginative potential of contemporary art. The main protagonist of this realisation process: the public administration. Declared objective: the search for a possible culture of living or the anchoring to a new local context. A target set by the inhabitants and by the tourists, not by the audience of the art.

Over time curators, artists, a multiplicity of projects, different operational practices followed one after another; all of them proceeding according to a unitary and shared strategy, far beyond the single work, going down into the streets, flooding the urban space, creating services for users and telling of a place and its inhabitants.

In fact, such projects of public art scattered throughout the territory end up pointing out their own topography according to a triple scale of intervention: landscaping, urban and architectural.

What happened in Peccioli is a process based on the idea of inviting artists to confront themselves with places, stories, landscapes, creating works that take such a context into account, calling the structural separation between production and reception into question and taking into account the symbolic background the citizen belongs to. Therefore, the citizen becomes both a source of indirect inspiration for the artistic work and an active subject through the process of learning of a representation and a symbolic content that involves and concerns him closely.

At the inauguration of the first projects, the mayor of Peccioli Renzo Macelloni declared that he wanted to "mark the presence of Peccioli in the field of contemporary art and concretely open up to a culture that is projected towards the future".