- Arbus-Guspini -
© Gregorio Farolfi
The 1st edition of LandWorks Program was held from May 8th to May 18th, 2011 in the Parco Geominerario, Storico e Ambientale della Sardegna. The project took place inside one of the largest abandoned mining areas of Sardinia (over 20 sqkm), a UNESCO World Heritage Site between Montevecchio, Ingurtosu and Piscinas in the province of Medio Campidano.
The principle idea was to create a Festival of Ephemeral installations between art and LandArt on this in transition Sardinian landscapes. The intent of the festival was to underline the significance of this peculiarity between the naturalness and artificiality, cause and consequence of the cultural heritage of the area, in order to open new perspectives and opportunities for future developments on a critical UNESCO World Heritage Site. The labor-intensive approach of the festival was based on the wide participation of a number of qualified landscape architects, assisted by international students, researchers and local workers, including former miners themselves. This sparked the creation of a series of site-specific installations made by local materials, components and decommissioned parts of former basic survival gear in the mines, such as scrap metal, stone and wood, but also natural elements including lush Mediterranean vegetation, resulting in a vivid expression of the local significance of the historical interplay between nature and culture.