Reshaping culture with the first public park dedicated to contemporary art in Milan

By Domenico Di Maio

Week 03

CityLife is a major European development project, which will see Milan’s old exhibition ground transformed into new offices, residences, a shopping district and more, by architects Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Isozaki Azara. In their words: “Designing in Milan brings us into contact with the most modern face of Italy”.
As part of the redevelopment, the city’s third largest park will be constructed (17 hectares), and reflect the diversity of the Lombard environment. The sustainable design includes characteristic Lombardy flora and landscape forms, including new woodland areas enriching Milan’s ecological corridor.
The park foresees a multi-functional space for hosting events, a natural amphitheatre, as well as the installation of many contemporary art pieces.

Among the artworks displayed, eight works have been selected from “Artline Milano,” a prestigious art contest created in conjunction with the park project. These art pieces will enrich the park, which will continue to evolve in scope and calibre over time.
From April this year, the works of artists Riccardo Benassi, Rossella Biscotti, Linda Fregni Nagler, Shilpa Gupta, Adelita Husni-Bey, Wilfredo Prieto, Matteo and Serena Rubbi Vestrucci will be installed.
The mission is simple: to reshape the territory and inspire residents through the beauty and allure of high-quality art.