Disco in forma di rosa del deserto – Arnaldo Pomodoro
“Disco in forma di rosa del deserto” (Disk in the form of a desert rose), a bronze sculpture by Arnaldo Pomodoro (Morciano di Romagna, June 23rd, 1926); he is one of the most important Italian sculptors, very well-known abroad too. His artworks can be seen in big cities, here in Italy and abroad, such as Rimini, Pesaro, Rome, Milan, Turin, Tivoli, Belluno, Copenaghen, Brisbane, Dublin (in front of the famous Trinity College), Los Angeles; they are also hosted at the Mills College in California, at the Cortile della Pigna at the Vatican Museums, in the best museums worldwide as well as at the Kremlin and the United Nations.
The art by Pomodoro is featured by a rigorous “geometric spirit” that makes each solid shape very essential, such as a sphere, a cube, a cylinder, a cone, a parallelepiped and other clearly cut solid shapes whose recurrence in straight or circular series makes them similar to the gears and wheels hidden inside their huge containers. You can partially recognize these inner mechanisms through cracks and cuts that break the outer smooth surface. The space “outside” does not exist: everything happens inside, like hidden in a womb surrounded by smooth and shiny walls and emphasized by a clearly defined volume.
The works by Arnaldo Pomodoro, such as the “Disk”, send a clear message: avoid looking at things the way they show off and be able to reach their depth which sometimes is not too far away from their surface and is able to summarize the essence of reality. There is an unknown potential behind that needs to be discovered. The artist is therefore acting like a demiurge who generates reality through sculpture and creates new shapes that go beyond the ordinary attributes of the known world by disclosing new hints of poetry.
This is what makes Pomodoro famous for: his bronze “Disks” and “Spheres” fall apart, break down and open up to the audience who is interested in the inner mechanism perceived into the contrast between the perfect smoothness of the shape and the hidden complexity of the inside: it is the metaphor of life.