- Words by Eleonora Cozzella
- Photos by Stefano Baroni, Emilio Tremolada and Lido Vanucchi
Meat that roasts under a mound of earth, wheels and obelisks carved in nougat, houses of lasagne and fortresses of polenta, pheasant cooked in boiling bitumen, intestines stuffed with what life has to offer (edible or not), roasted pigs disguised as trout, bread trees and lamb-shaped moulds in which lamb is cooked. The creativity of Andrea Salvetti, who originally trained as an architect (he left university a few exams before finishing), designer, sculptor, restorer, painter, creator of works that flit between art and craft, between aesthetics and functionality, between nature and culture, is an adventurous expression of food as nourishment for the mind and sustenance for the body.
He is an artist who likes to “make hands think”. It might be in the forging and shaping of aluminium – his favourite material – for Monozoo, his first collection in 1990 of chairs featuring surreal animals that established him as a popular designer. Or it might be to shade a garden with a tree composed of 9600 aluminium leaves that are embossed and welded together. It might even be to make a sculpture for a town square such as Mazzolin dei Fiori, a ‘refuge’ 5 metres in diameter and 4.40 metres high made of 1500 aluminium flowers that reflect different climatic conditions, presented in 2011 at the Material Worlds exhibition organised by Sotheby’s in Gloucestershire.