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