Italian sculptor Edoardo Tresoldi has reconstructed an early Christian basilica in Puglia, Italy using only wire mesh as an ethereal reminder of the area’s rich architectural history.

Edoardo Tresoldi, who has previously found fame with his monumental, figurative sculptures, constructed the installation using the same material. Curator Simone Pallotta explains that the work of Edoardo Tresoldi appears as a majestic architectural sculpture able to tell the volumes of existing early Christian Church and at the same time able to vivify, updating it, the relationship between the ancient and the contemporary.

Tresoldi’s installation is located in the Archaeological Park of Siponto, on the outskirts of the town of Puglia. Once the site of a vibrant port town, and the seat of a highly important diocese during the early centuries of Christianity, Siponto was abandoned in the 13th century following a massive earthquake.

Tresoldi’s resurrected basilica is only an approximation of the long-vanished church, but it was constructed with the help of experts at MiBACT (the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities) and the Archaeological Superintendence of Puglia.

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