In the center of the courtyard of honor of the Ducal Palace of Urbino, built by the Dalmatian architect Luciano Laurana between 1466 and 1472 by the will of Duke Federico da Montefeltro on July 22 is exposed, by Ludovico Pratesi, Elliptical Column, the column made of steel by the British artist Tony Cragg, considered one of the greatest living sculptors. A winding work, reminiscent of the tortile columns of the Canopy of San Pietro by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, which reflects the symmetrical and rigorous lines of the Renaissance court. A strong visual contrast of geometries, shapes and colors, which creates an interesting dialogue between the measure of the Renaissance, based on the theories of Leon Battista Alberti, of which Laurana had been a student in Mantua, and the twists of sculpture, which is imposed as vital and dynamic element on the surrounding environment. The work, with an irregular pattern, reflects on the mirroring surface the architecture of the building, creating an interesting relationship between work and space, past and present, harmony and movement.
Elliptical Column is a work created in 2012 by Tony Cragg, exhibited for the first time in the exhibition Tony Cragg at Exibition Road in London (25/8 / -25 / 11/2012) and inspired by the biomorphism that characterizes the last cycles of works of the artist, Early Forms and Rational Beings, to which Elliptical Columnn belongs.
The strength of Elliptical Column is its ability to interact with the surrounding environment: urban, architectural or natural.
"There is the idea that the sculpture is static, or maybe even dead, but I feel the exact opposite. I am not a religious person - I am an absolute materialist. For me, the material is exciting and ultimately sublime. When I create a sculpture, I go in search of a spirituality or an ethics of the material. I want the material to have a dynamic, to push and move and grow "explains Cragg, who cites Medardo Rosso as the father of his approach to the use of materials in sculpture.