PAESEMUSEO

Pane Carasu

Over 400 pieces of contemporary art are hidden in the streets of San Sperate, an open-air museum that can be visited freely 365 days a year. Wall paintings, sculptures, site-specific installations--even the roads themselves are painted. The colorful landscape is continuously evolving.

It’s good to remember that San Sperate was just one of the agricultural villages in the southern Campidano (the vast flatland around Cagliari, the chief town of Sardinia) when in 1968 a political and cultural revolution started. The young local artist Pinuccio Sciola, after some inspiring international training experiences, involved his childhood friends - almost for fun – into his projects, which aimed to transform the village into an international art center. It seems like ages ago when in June of 1968 the small village was filled for the first time, with color. Now 50 years later this artistic revolution is still alive and welcoming new artworks into the streets. Every year artists from all over the world, under the creative direction of local cultural operators and promoters, reinterpret the public space with the support and contribution of the community. This mixture of cultural and artistic elements makes the village a sort of soul spot, appreciated both by locals and people abroad.

Pane Carasu
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PAESEMUSEO

Over 400 pieces of contemporary art are hidden in the streets of San Sperate, an open-air museum that can be visited freely 365 days a year. Wall paintings, sculptures, site-specific installations--even the roads themselves are painted. The colorful landscape is continuously evolving.

Villino Tola
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THE MONUMENTS

Every single space, building, and materials were repurposed and transformed throughout the years. Following just some of the centuries-old buildings that have a historical significance.

Basaltosonoro
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GIARDINO SONORO

The “Giardino Sonoro “ (Sound Garden) is an open-air museum created by the artist Pinuccio Sciola, inside a citrus fruit plot. It’s a charming place where art and nature are harmonized in an indissoluble blend. There you can admire a sort of retrospective artwork created by the brilliant mind of a world-famous sculptor, showcasing his artistic career.

GiardinoFantastico
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GIARDINO FANTASTICO

Visiting the Giardino Fantastico (fantastic garden) is like a dreamlike journey through numerous multi-material pieces of art, mainly made of day-to-day and recycled materials.

Giampaolo Mameli Ceramista
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RESIDENT ARTISTS

The concentration of artists and craftsmen is quite impressive for a small village such as San Sperate. Some scientific observers are doing research about unique properties of the tap water or volatile substances in the air of San Sperate. All kidding aside, the quality of the work is very high. Following some of those in the business that are open to show their artworks to visitors.

agrumeto
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THE FRUITS OF THE EARTH

San Sperate is well known for his soil fertility, perfect climatic conditions, and the water from the nearby rivers that make it one of the most important agricultural centers in Sardinia. Citrus fruits and peaches (even more so) are renowned for their quality.

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