Dante’s ‘noble castle’ comes to life in Ravenna

Edoardo Tresoldi resurrects his spectral structure

Edoardo Tresoldi’s latest mesh sculpture is Sacral – an ethereal art installation in Ravenna based on Dante’s fictional ‘noble castle’.

Located in the city’s Ravenna Art Museum, within a 16th-century cloister, the piece appears as a ghostly cathedral with a fragmented dome, as if unfinished or partly ruined. There’s space for people to stand inside the structure, which becomes even more otherworldly at night when lighting emphasises the fragility of the mesh.

Tresoldi is known for his work with wire, using it to make apparently phantom works of architecture – including a spectral ruin for Italy’s Arte Sella museum in 2019.

Tresoldi originally created Sacral in 2016, but was invited to send the piece to Ravenna for MAR’s Dante: The Eyes and the Mind exhibition. Tresoldi had Dante’s ‘noble castle’ – an apparently pleasant place in Limbo, filled with great philosophers, poets and scientists – in mind when designing the piece.

Sacral is on display until January 2022, when the accompanying exhibition will also close.

Sacral by Edoardo Tresoldi at MAR’s Dante: The Eyes and the Mind in Ravenna
Photography: © Roberto Conte
Photography: © Roberto Conte
Photography: © Roberto Conte
Photography: © Roberto Conte
Photography: © Roberto Conte

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