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Ocno Archipelago in Mantova

Floating Stage Structure in Lombardy, northern Italy – design by Space Caviar

21 Sep 2016

Ocno Archipelago in Mantua, Italy

Design: Joseph Grima/Space Caviar

Location: Mantova, Lombardy, North West Italy

Ocno Archipelago

Mantova Italian Capital of Culture 2016

This fall Mantova, Italian Capital of Culture 2016, will activate the city’s lakes through Arcipelago di Ocno, a new aquatic installation on the city’s waterfront by Genoa-based studio Space Caviar led by Joseph Grima.

Ocno Archipelago

Ocno Archipelago

Ocno Archipelago
images : siglacom

The aquatic installation opened last Sunday, September 11, with a special performance of Mantova’s Chamber Orchestra hosted by Mayor Mattia Palazzi, the Councillor for Urban Regeneration of the City of Mantova Lorenza Baroncelli and the President of Fondazione Mantova Capitale Europea dello Spettacolo Francesco Ghisi.

Ocno Archipelago

Ocno Archipelago

Ocno Archipelago
images : siglacom

The archipelago of floating islands is intended to function as an aquatic piazza for the city, extending Mantova’s urban fabric onto the lakes that surround its historic centre. Throughout the autumn season it will host concerts, events, performances, lectures and screenings on Mantova’s lakes, transforming them from a picturesque backdrop to an active site of urban life.

The islands form modular units which can be reconfigured, relocated and extended according to the activities they host, and will continue to provide a venue for Mantova’s cultural activities in years to come.

Ocno Archipelago

Ocno Archipelago

Ocno Archipelago
images : Andrea Bosio

“Following our work on the Rio, the city’s inner canal, and the lakes, we want Mantova to rebuild its relationship with its waterfront”, said Mayor Palazzi. “We are doing this both through public investments and cultural programs. The Archipelago will function as an extension of the urban fabric onto the lakes, providing the city with a set of floating piazzas that will grow over the coming years, giving the city a versatile new venue for events and activities.”

“Mantova’s citizens have been deprived for too many years of the pleasure to fully enjoy the relationship with water – adds the Councillor for Urban Regeneration Baroncelli.“

Ocno Archipelago

Ocno Archipelago
images : Andrea Bosio

The archipelago will be a new, significant step in the effort to absorb the lakes into Mantova’s urban and social fabric. In addition, the archipelago finally represents an element of artistic and cultural innovation with a great international appeal alongside the city’s most historical beauties.”

Ocno Archipelago

Ocno Archipelago
images : Andrea Bosio

The archipelago is named after Ocno – a demigod son of Manto and the god river Mincio. Legend has it that in honor of his deceased mother, Ocno founded the city of Mantova on the river Mincio, where he fled after his father was recalled to live among his fellow Gods. The installation’s outline recalls the form of the lotus, or Nelumbium nucifera, an extensive presence in the lakes that blooms in July and August.

Ocno Archipelago
image : siglacom

All events were listed on the site Mantova 2016, on Mantova Capitale’s social networks and on the smartphone app Mantova.

Ocno Archipelago
image : Andrea Bosio

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Location: Mantova, Italy, southern Europe

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