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Shape-bending designs of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava on display at the Vatican

2014-02-08

White shapes and curves, inspired in nature. They're designed to mimic movement, or even look as if they're coming alive.

The sculptures, the work of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, can be found next to St. Peter's Square, inside Charlemagne's Wing.

MICOL FORTI
Vatican Museums
"The exhibit was born about a year ago when Calatrava and I were both named consultants to the Pontifical Council for Culture. From there, we developed a sort-of intellectual friendship. And through our conversations, we had this idea for an exhibition.”

Santiago Calatrava is well known for his creativity and his original design style.

The exhibit features over 140 works, ranging from drawings, to sculptures and scaled models of famous projects like the Puente de la Mujer in Buenos Aires, the sports complex in Tor Vergata in Rome, or the Tenerife Auditorium.

Some of the projects have been completed, others are still on-going; like the chapel dedicated to a Spanish missionary in Los Angeles, and shaped as a teepee.

MICOL FORTI
Vatican Museums
"Calatrava did not conceive it only as a closed space, but one that could open and become a plaza. In this way, he offers two version of this sacred space. Not only this enclosure, but also this space where people can gather.”

The exhibit, titled "The metamorphosis of space,” is free to the public, and will be on display until February 20. 


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