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Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)

A 1968 earthquake striking the Valle del Belice significantly damaged ten surrounding villages and towns with a loss of life totaling 900 people. Gibellina and Poggioreale were totally destroyed with no structures left intact and the surviving inhabitants left homeless. A new city, Gibellina Nuova, was built 20 Km from the original city and many prominent artists and architects from around Italy participated in the project. The project was called the “Dream in Progress”, and featured "public gardens, large piazzas, post-modern buildings, wide roads and numerous works of gigantic contemporary sculpture". It represents, to some extent, a mixture of styles and influences. This took some ten years and after it's completion the residents of Gibellina, who had lived in prefab housing near the ruins, came home to their new town.

Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
The original ruins of Gibellina were essentially left in their original after the earthquake and remained a ghost town for many years. In 1983 it was covered over with a five foot layer of white concrete, leaving only the streets open for people to wander through, though not completed and left unfinished in 1989, with 1/3 of it still incomplete. It was finally finished in 2015 in celebration of the 100th birthday of the artist, Alberto Burri, and is one of the largest works of landscape art in Europe (covering ~ 85,000 square metres). This 'work of art' covering  part of the the 120,000 square meters of the original town forms a molded shell sitting on a hillside overlooking the Valle del Belice, and known as the Cretto di Burri. It's a tribute and testimony to durability and creativity in the face of adversity. Nice sentiment, but sort of ugly to my taste and it's merits as a work of art have been debated.

Gibellina, Poggioreale and the earthquake of 1968

walterman9999 says:
Good for you Brian. I like TB to see far away places I will never see. I thought Sicily was a barron wasteland, but was not correct.
Posted on: May 21, 2016
spocklogic says:
Thanks, Walter! Though I've been to Sicily many times, always intrigued with the backstory of the places visited.
Posted on: May 21, 2016
walterman9999 says:
good blog
Posted on: May 21, 2016
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Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Gibellina, Sicily (Italy)
Cretto di Burri
Cretto di Burri
Cretto di Burri
Cretto di Burri
Cretto di Burri
Cretto di Burri
Cretto di Burri
Cretto di Burri
What it looks like finished in 2015
What it looks like finished in 2015
Gibellina
photo by: spocklogic