The architect Massimiliano Lanciani has been working around in Barga and this area for a few years now there is another side to the man which is not really to do with bricks walls and doors … it has more to do with something that it deeply inherent in the man – his sense of humour and delight in man made objects.
This joy in an “object well made” first came to the attention of people living or passing through Barga Vecchia back in 2011 when passing by the newsagents – Mario Edicola, just inside Porta Reale they noticed a tiny red figure seemingly keeping the door open for them as they entered the shop.
The carefully cut out wooden figure was in fact the work of Massimiliano, who’s office was nearby and who had decided to make a series of prototypes to keep the door of the Edicola open during the prolonged spell of good weather that Barga enjoyed that summer (article with images here)
Jump to a few years later and once again he was instrumental in the construction of the interior of the Barga Pop Tarot Room in the new Bistro at the Locanda di Mezzo which included a well designed lighting system which just perfectly fitted and graced the centuries old walls (article and images here)
This morning Barga Vecchia woke up to new Massimiliano Lanciani objects, this time even larger and once again that visual humour is back.
Two metal fold out seats which occupy minimal space but stand out perfectly against the pink walls of the building.
the seats in construction
Bets are now on to just how many people passing by these seats will want to take a selfie and send it to their friends.
They could well turn out to be the most photographed objects in Barga Vecchia this summer.
Watch this space.
Massimiliano Lanciani – Progettazione architettonica – Restauro architettonico, conservazione – Architetture temporanee, installazioni – 3, Via Di Mezzo – 55051 Barga (LU) tel. 0583 711463
painter and photographer - started barganews.com, the first on line news site in Tuscany, Italy back in 1996