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Ornellaia 2017 “Solare”

For the 12th edition of Ornellaia Vendemmia d’Artista Tomás Saraceno invites us to reflect on the impact of our actions on the planet as he interprets the character “Solare” (radiant) of Ornellaia 2017. The artist has created a site-specific masterpiece for the Estate, customized a limited series of 111 large format bottles, and designed a special label that, a single example of which, will be found in each Ornellaia case containing 6 bottles of 750 ml.

Artist Tomás Saraceno

Tomás Saraceno is a visionary artist who has shaken the world of contemporary art with his work. Born in 1973 in Argentina, his practice is elevated by the concepts linking art, life science and the social sciences. Enmeshed at the junction of these worlds, his floating sculptures, community projects and interactive installations propose and explore, in an age of ecological turmoil, new sustainable ways of inhabiting and sensing the environment.

Special Labels

As with every edition, the artist Tomás Saraceno has created a collection of large formats: 100 Double Magnums (3L), 10 Imperials (6L), and a unique Salmanazar (9L). Tomás Saraceno has also designed the special label for the 0.750 format: a single bottle with artist’s label in each case of Ornellaia 2017. This is the central theme of this project where the interaction between man and the artwork generates an immediate connection with the entangled web of relations that extend across micro and macro scales, all the way to the sun. Through the act of touch, he invites us to poetically and collectively rethink the way we inhabit the world; this interdisciplinary artistic endeavour propels our common imaginary beyond its own individuality. The Salmanazar is an evolution of the concept. Reminiscent of an atomic structure, the glass spheres of PNEUMA 4.21×105 compose also magnificent cloud-like formations, of perhaps a floating city one whose size and shape is never fixed, and which displaces our conventional notions of boundaries and territories. The floating sculpture is reminiscent of forms, that as Saraceno imagines, might be able to float, filled only with sun warming, free from fossil fuels. The sculpture thereby takes inspiration from the reciprocal alliance drawn between the sun and living systems inhabited by humans and non-humans, in an invitation to a practice of care and renewed attention to the planet’s most important source of energy.