Food, nature and art intertwine at Fabulae Naturae by Lucy + Joe Orta, commissioned by ZegnArt, Ermenegildo Zegna’s art initiative as part of the Expo 2015 in Milan. The exhibition heeds inspiration from the food-focused theme of EXPO 2015, Fabulae Naturae is an artistic reflection of food and how it propels energy and life forward.
Set in Via Savona, the space is transformed into a forested oasis featuring sprawling floral murals by the Ortas, serving as the eye-catching backdrop to the performance Symphony for Absent Wildlife. In the heart of the setting was a life-sized tree drawn on the floor, whose branches held a gastronomic spread designed by chef Davide Oldani.
The landscape is intended to evoke the selfless giving of nature in spite of the conscious exploitation by humans.
Fabulae Naturae was comleted by 500 limited edition Royal Limoges porcelain plates with personalised motifs for the Herbelein Fund as designed by Lucy + Joe Orta.
The Fabulae Naturae installation will be open to the public at the Milan Headquarters of the Zegna Group in collaboration with Connecting Cultures, who will hold a free guided tour on Sunday, May 10th, 24th and 31st at 10 am. The tour lasts about an hour and is available by reservation (www.connectingcultures.info).