Burri's Sicily masterpiece revived with a modern tribute

One hundred years after his birth, residents in Gibellina, Sicily have been paying homage to Alberto Burri, whose revered landscape artwork the Cretto di Burri (the Crack of Burri), also known as The Great Cretto, is credited with reviving the Belice region following the earthquake that completely destroyed the old town in 1968.

The earthquake, which occurred in mid-January, resulted in more than 1000 casualties, with almost 100,000 residents being made homeless. After the tragedy, artists, including Mario Schifano, Arnaldo Pomodoro and Alberto Burri, made great contributions to help revive the area – with The Great Cretto being just one notable example. Burri used elements from the destroyed city, incorporating them into cement, to create the masterpiece. As noted by Bruno Cora, President of the Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collection Burri in Città di Castello, the maze formed by the land sculpture, which symbolizes the city’s destroyed streets, makes one think about the living conditions of those who resided in Gibellina.

The land sculpture has long been considered one of Italy’s greatest land artworks and was designed in remembrance of the destruction caused by the earthquake. With support from E.ON, it has now been modernized as a part of Cretto Earth Fest with a multimedia installation called Audioghost68, which was designed by the Neapolitan artist Giancarlo Neri – a specialist in large-scale public art – with music by Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack. The resulting light and sound show has been described as a triumph of music, movement and light, and made a moving tribute to the work of Burri and the people of Gibellina.

The new city of Gibellina is close to Trapani in Sicily and the famous art installation can easily be visited as part of a multicentre holiday to Sicily or as a day trip. If you are interested in a holiday in Sicily or Italy's mainland, contact a member of our friendly team for a personalised holiday quote customised to your exact requirements. Call us on (UK) 01223 637331 or (US) 1-347-594-5500. Alternatively, please click here to complete our enquiry form online,

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