We were invited by FLUIDE-PUBLIC ART FESTIVAL 2018 to conceive a permanent intervention in one of the suspended gardens of the city of Thuin in Belgium. The suspended gardens are a system of terraces created in the Middle Ages by the citizens of the city, who have satisfied the need for arable land around the fortified city, creating massive retaining walls and transporting sandy material from the river bed. Orientation is a presence of the river contribution for centuries to the creation of an ideal microclimate for the cultivation of vines and fruit trees. Our intervention is located in the suspended gardens owned by the Cultural Center of Thuin Alta Sambre, the venue of the FLUIDE festival which each year proposes the creation of public art works and performances in Thuin. The sculpture, designed to be inhabited by up to two people at a time, offers the artists invited to the festival the opportunity to stop, rest and meditate suspended on two terraces, with a breathtaking view of the valley. The intervention was carried out without the use of mechanical means, it was designed for the construction process. The sculpture has three levels of finish that accompany visitors from outside the gardens to the private interior space. The large beams visible from the outside are a strongly expressive skin and simulate an archaic and decisive language. the larch cladding instead is a squared, monolithic volume, a rough-hewn stone that protects the artists. The interior space, all in white, offers tranquility and serenity, for the study and creation of beneficial works the whole community. The wood will tend to gray because of the oxidation and its color will approach the surrounding stones to reach in a few months the perfect fusion with the surrounding anthropic landscape. For the realization of the work materials (beams and slate in coverage) were used, recovered from the demolition of the old casino of the city.
Origagri is a pavilion to host the activities of the Agoragri association in a public urban park in Matera, South Italy, with a synergic vegetable garden, a straw theater, family gardens. The design of the pavilion is based on the origami technique, optimizing constructional phases and assembling on only human strength. The hexagonal plant opens outwards with 6 timpani which allow to create a large and bright space. The pavilion is made of laminated wood of fir and fir boards. The design of the structure is rigorous and geometric and follows the star shape that generates the construction of the hex.
grriz agrinetural with the support of fondazione Matera 2019
grriz Agrinetural Lorenzo Mancini Mauro Bissi Riccardo Ripanucci
Creation of an artistic wooden structure to be used as a support for hops cultivation for handmade beer production. All this, on rooftop of a 4-story building, in the north western suburbs of Paris.A project entirely made of douglas and larch wood, with Shou-sugi-ban treatment for plants wooden box and organic linseed oil wood protection. Project realized in collaboration with TOPAGER for KEYS Asset Management
Mattia Paco Rizzi
Festivalle's main stage
sicily, Agrigento, beach of San Leone
fir boards water based ink dimensions: 10x8x4 meters
realized, replacing every second week of August
Festivalle is the first Music & Digital Arts Festival in the Valley of the Temples, near Agrigento, Sicily. Grriz was responsible for the stage design that hosted DJs in concerts on the magical San Leone beach. The structure is inspired by the geometry of spiny plants that are born spontaneously in the Sicilian dunes. The localization of the concert, facing the south-west Mediterranean sea, gave its name to the artistic installation.
grriz curator of the event: Fausto Savatteri
Luigi Greco Antonio Greco Marco Mannacio Andrea Vittone
Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark
Timber structure in fir wood dimensions: 7x12x8 meters
realized, one week during the festival
For the 2016 edition the Roskilde Art Zone is enriched with an entrance gate, whose wild mode of expression and black and gold colours makes it function as a visual marker for the shift from Art Zone and the rest of the festival area. The gate is called: Grosse Fatigue. The gate to Art Zone will work as a visual magnet that will draw in festivalgoers through its strong and overwhelming design. At the same time, the gate creates a holistic experience, as the design is connected to Art Zone’s overall visual identity with black and gold as theme colours.
A special thanks to Martha Cooper for the amazing photo.
grriz with:Kristoffer Codam, Jens Vium Skaarup, Johan Mumm Sylvest, Thea Orderud, Rasmus Svane Høj, Mette Lind Østergaard, Rikke helbo, Victor Ohn, Asger Aagesen, Johnny Nors, Mikkel Hansen, John Gmelin, Kirsten David, Clara Dale, Emilie Gad
Boards of fir dimensions: 110 sqm
The furnishing of the living room was inserted inside a wooden vortex inspired by the chaotic overlays of spontaneous and organic architecture. The structure and trim are followed by precise directions that give tension to the salon spaces and envelop the customers. "Catanzaro pulled the wind strong" is a tribute to the imperfection, to a windy city, to the chaos of nature and the wind that breaks the hair.
design: Luigi Greco and Mattia Paco Rizzi with the collaboration of Marco Bencivenga customer: Antonella Hair Diffusion / Catanzaro materials: Fir wood Photos of: Angelo Jaroszuk Bogasz and Mattia Paco Rizzi Location: Catanzaro, Calabria
XV Venice Architecture Biennale
A garden, a need, a material. This is the source of the installation by Luigi Greco & Mattia Paco Rizzi / GRRIZ. Set on the edge of the Italian Pavilion, the Giardino delle Vergini is the natural focus of the exhibition layout at the Biennale. Hence the need to create a restful, reflective place and offer it to visitors. The material absorbs the effects of this attitude. Wood, recycled from the dismantling of Expo 2015, is placed here in a state of momentary stillness, worked and altered as little as possible in order to meet the future needs of those it is offered to. When the event ends, the material will gain a third life.
Wood fir boards dimensions: 4x4x3 meters
Aspra.mente, in collaboration with designer duo Luigi Greco & Mattia Paco Rizzi and artist Luigi Coppola, he wants to open a space for comparison through the activation of a laboratory that has its center in a mobile kitchen. The program envisages different activities: a food course targeted at migrants for the achievement of HACCP (in collaboration with the Diaconia di Frosinone Cooperative); a series of tastings in which recipes of the tomato-based Mediterranean tradition are proposed; the production of kitchen cloths decorated with natural ink in collaboration with Antica Stamperia Pascucci. The placemats will be donated in part to the Farmhouse of Castiglione d'Otranto (LE): their sale will close the cycle of generative welfare affecting the reintegration of migrant workers and the recovery of biodiversity in the territories in which the association operates.
STRANGE FRUIT by Giulia Ferracci for THE INDEPENDENT / Food. A project by Aspra.mente in collaboration with Luigi Greco & Mattia Paco Rizzi, Luigi Coppola, Agricultural House of Castiglione d'Otranto (LE), Slow Food Roma and Diaconia Cooperative. Coproduced by MAXXI - National Museum of the Arts of the 21st Century. Special thanks to Fabio Pennacchia (NoMade - Open for disturbing ideas) and Riccardo Magnisi