Fendi’s foray into the restorative arts underscores its deep pride in its Made in Italy heritage.
By Radhina Almeida Coutinho
Photography Matteo Piazza
Two intertwined bronze trees holding an 11-tonne sculpted block of marble by celebrated Italian avant-garde artist Giuseppe Penone took residence at Lago Goldoni outside the Palazzo Fendi, a gift from the luxury fashion house to the Eternal City in which it was born a little more than 90 years ago.
The sculpture called “Leaves of Stone” is the latest in a series of projects supported by Fendi that put art and architecture front and center of the brand’s community initiatives – notably revolving around monuments and artists that are iconically Italian.
Penone has described “Leaves of Stone” in a language that evokes a similar concept. He speaks of the sculpture as “something that changes and develops in response to the elements, like a three-dimensional drawing, with nature as the ultimate draughtsman. The oxidized bronze will eventually color the white marble, which is like a blank sheet of paper waiting to be written on over time.”