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On Saturday 17 September the Horti of the Almo Collegio Borromeo in Pavia inaugurated.
The Horti is a 35,000 square meter park that the Collegio has redeveloped, opening it to everyone as a space in which natural habitats, contemporary art, ethics, equity and social inclusion are intertwined. The more than three hectares in the historic center of Pavia, overlooking the Ticino river, once dedicated to the cultivation of vegetables and orchards, now become a place for socializing and intertwining of knowledge.
The overall project of the Horti stems from the desire to enhance the historical heritage of the oldest university college of merit in Italy, whose three key themes are Art, Nature and Ethics, articulated on different levels::
- Horti.Oasi, to enhance and safeguard biodiversity;
- Horti.Arte, a permanent exhibition with sculptures by contemporary artists and wall paintings;
- Horti.Etica, to promote social inclusion, work reintegration and the promotion of volunteering.
As part of the project, the park hosts “Zero”, the restaurant managed by Planeat.eco, who pays particular attention to a sustainable style.
The Foundation has enthusiastically joined the project area of the Horti.Arte by granting free loan some works of its Collection: monumental sculptures by Arnaldo Pomodoro, Nicola Carrino, Gianfranco Pardi, Luigi Mainolfi, Mauro Staccioli and Salvatore Cuschera will thus go to live in the spaces of the park, side by side with works specially commissioned by the College to artists such as Ivan Tresoldi and David Tremlett.
The Horti project is already an educational promise: “in a complex social and historical moment like the present one – declared the Rector, Alberto Lolli – the College intends to be actively involved in the processes of relaunching and rebuilding the public space, promoting of sociability, interweaving of knowledge and ethical sense “.
Saturday 17 September, from 10 am to 8 pm, free admission (the inauguration ceremony begins at 5 pm)
DAYS / HOURS of opening of the Horti
Starting from Sunday 18 September the Horti will be open for free to everyone from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm