AQUA. Leonardo’s Vision

      The Salone dedicated AQUA. Leonardo da Vinci’s Water Vision to the city of Milan from 6th to 14th April at the Conca dell’Incoronata, the wooden gates of which were designed by Leonardo. It provided a site-specific immersive experience, developed in partnership with Balich Worldwide Shows.

      Water played a starring role, as an element that Leonardo explored as an artist, an architect, a scientist and an engineer.

      The Conca was covered over with an architectural insert in the form of a great expanse of water, on the edge of which a huge LED screen became a window onto a future Milan, showing a skyline changing according to the time of day.

      Beneath this structure, inside the canal itself, a wunderkammer was created, where visitors could experience all the beauty, energy and shape of water, enfolded in image and sound thanks to the use of cutting-edge technology, in a totally self-contained environment.

      After passing through a sensory doorway that invited the spectator to cast off the chaotic routine of the city and give themselves over to an original immersive experience, the visit began in a mirror room, in which an interactive symphony of sounds and gurgles set off real water jets.

      This was followed by an ethereal projection of the rising and falling movement of the water controlled by Leonardo’s lock gates. As the water level rose, strobe lights created optical illusions with the jets of water, slowing them right down until they separated into very slow drops, suspended in time and space, reflected and multiplied in the mirrors ad infinitum.

      The experience ended when the projection became transparent and revealed an unexpected artistic reworking of Leonardo’s designs.

      An information foyer by the Ponte delle Gabelle provided a space where waiting visitors could find out more about the connection between this historic site in the centre of Milan and
      Leonardo’s multifaceted genius, with the focus on water.

      Creative and Executive Production Balich Worldwide Shows Srl

      Creative Executive Producer - Marco Balich
      Creative Supervisor - Marta Marchesi
      Executive Producer - Laura Cappelli
      Project Manager - Alessandra Rossetti
      Artistic Director - Marco Cisaria
      Set, Light & Water Design - NONE Collective
      Video Content & Motion Design - Territory Studio
      Indoor Video Art Design - Karmachina
      Real-time Compositing Software Programmer - Andrew Quinn
      Outdoor Sound Design & Soundtrack - Chiara Luzzana
      Indoor Sound Design & Soundtrack - Maurizio D’Aniello (The Spectrum Studio)
      Scientific Consultant - Simone Ferrari
      Technical Director - Matteo Tagliabue

      Date and hour

      06 - 14 April 2019
      10:00 - 22:00


      Via S. Marco, Milan
      How to get

      Istitutional Partner

      Intesa Sanpaolo

      Official Partner

      Cà del Bosco
      Fondazione Fiera Milano