ENTRIES AND WINNER FOR THE 2020/21 “BETWEEN THE WORLD AND THE THEATER IS THE CAR PARK” COMPETITION!
title: THE TRANSFORMER
SANDRA L. verbal message
“I imagine a giant slide, from the entrance to the bar, which transforms adults into children…”
Thank you Sandra, at your suggestion we’ve built just such a slide, not at the entrance, but in the sensory glen. Brilliant suggestion!PRIZE: The show of your choice and dinner at our ‘21 summer festival!
title: LA LUNA E PICASSO
LISELLA: pen sketch and verbal message
Picasso said: “We are all born artists. Only a few remain such….”
Congratulations Lisella, you have not just remained artist, but also child. Your sketch,”Stars, Moon and Well” will be mounted here at la Luna to remind us that there are 3 moons: one in heaven, one in the well, and one in our fantasy. Thank you, neighbor.
PRIZE: The show of your choice and dinner at our ‘21 summer festival!
title: OSTUNI CAPUT MUNDI
PIERLUIGI: graphic sketch of renaissance quote
Thank you Pierluigi, for your vote of confidence. We solemnly swear to strive to make la Luna ever more beautiful, that one day all can join you in your hurrah:”OSTUNI CAPUT MUNDI”!
PRIZE: : The show of your choice and dinner at our ‘21 summer festival, + 500 grams of top-quality dog food for your dog!
titolo: LUNAR DECORATIONS
GIULIA: mixed-technique design
Admiring this sketch by little Giulia, there’s always another detail to make you smile and hope for the future. Thank you Giulia, we will be using the colors from your work to make la Luna more colorful, more attractive for children like you!
PRIZE: two tickets for a children’s show in our summer 2021 season, plus a super-snack!
title: BLACK LIGHT
TEA and LUCA: mixed-medium sketch
When we think of the moon in the well, it’s easy to imagine a bright full moon… only a few artists imagine there the mysterious reflection of a black moon…someone with a lot of lighting experience might even try to recreate that subtle light, which has inspired the new, BLACKMOONFEST, for the last two years serving as balance to our traditional FULLMOONFEST. Thank you!
PRIZE: All this summer, la Luna nel Pozzo will be set for the photographic shoot of your choice!
title: PILLARS OF HEAVEN
NATASCIA: pastel floreal sketch
It has been suggested that to offset global warming, humankind should plant 1000 billion plants, which comes to 143 trees for every man, woman and child. Thanks for the idea, Natascia. But one is not enough! That’s why we will plant vegetal arches a lá Natascia at the entrance to the garden, to the park, to the sensory glen, to the labyrinth…..
PRIZE: An ongoing work contract with the Agritourism La Luna nel Pozzo!
title: DEMOLISHING THE FOURTH WALL
IOLANDA and CLAUDIA: video sketch
When we thought to play with our friends a pretend “competition”, we didn’t consider that among our friends are experts in image design and projection. Apart from the beauty and clarity of their presentation, they have given us a real ‘aha!’ moment. We won’t be building their design, but will be following their intuition that a portal is not just a two-dimensional object, but a three-dimensional experience for who passes. Thank you Iolanda and Claudia!
PRIZE: Two cans of extra-virgin biological cold-pressed olive oil 2020 produced by la Luna nel Pozzo (did you know we don’t just produce culture, but also agriculture?)
title: BRIDGES OVER EUROPE
MARIO: mixed media
By rights this should be the winning proposal, submitted by the son of the supreme judge. But my son is unfortunate, as I have the ethics of Gandhi.Which I will put aside, to say ‘Brilliant! Amazing! A genius is among us!’ Sorry, but I feel better now… Thank you Mario, the world is in need of bridges, and we at la Luna pledge to continue constructing them, physically and metaphorically. For now, you are in our footsteps. Tomorrow, we follow in yours…
PRIZE: Free entrance to all summer events at la Luna, plus two (2) Italian sausages provided by the supreme judge (your father).
title: AMERICAN STYLE
ROBERT: tablet design over photo
When Grant Wood presented his painting ‘American Gothic’ at a Chicago competition in 1930, it was derided by critics and public alike, a local farmer even threatening to bite off the ear of the artist. The canvass later became an icon of American art. I wish the same fate for Mr McNeer’s proposal, which the supreme judge hasn’t chosen, but since the former will choose which proposal to construct, the latter can only throw in the towel…
PRIZE: One (1) 18th century farmhouse nestled among the olive groves of the Puglia countryside.
title: ALL FOR POETRY, POETRY FOR ALL
ANGEL: verbal message
An arch filled with colored cloth, where visitors can take, or add, a poemHere at la Luna we no longer greet ‘the audience’, but ‘guests’. This, because we understand that this is a place for creation, and our creation is always a collective act. The divine is always present in the material, beautifully clear in your proposal, Angel. For that reason, we will construct a ‘poetry exchange tree’ here at la Luna. Thank you for the wonderful idea!
PRIZE: Dinner for four (4) at the private residence of Robert McNeer, contrada Foragno s.n. Ostuni.
title: LUNAR VOYAGE
ANTONELLA: verbal message
A mobile of floating suitcases, powered by bicycle parts
The eyes of our guests tell us that la Luna is an important destination for some. For others, a point of departure. As actors, we ourselves often have the packed suitcase under the bed. Thank you, Antonella, for a resounding image, a light-hearted diaspora. The Yiddish expression says ‘Where laughter and tears are together, there is god.’
PRIZE: a poem from the Oracular Poem collection
title: TIME DANCERS
ADRIAN: sculpture in wood
Do you know what happened to the old archway? One FULLMOONFEST night, someone decided to improvise a balancing act on the sculpture which united the two columns, carved from ancient maritime pine by our artist-friend Adrian. The whole thing came down, hopefully on the amateur gymnast’s head! Of course we wanted a proposal from Adrian for this competition, and he proposed this sculpture where the wood dances, light as smoke, sinuous as snakes…. Thank you Adrian! It won’t be at the entrance, but you’ll find it elsewhere at la Luna!
PRIZE: Two (2) weeks’ vacation at la Luna, during which you will oversee the mounting of your sculpture in our courtyard.
title: GOD SHAVE THE QUEEN
JOHN: suggestions for the entrance with postcards of international interest
“Between the world and the theater is the car park.” In English it sounds more important. We thank Mr John for opening our eyes to the magnificence in our grasp, if we only ignore the paltry limits of time and money. Indeed, ‘…the world shall be our pipes, and we shall play as gods upon it.’ Mr John suggests we rebuild our arch as twin to Buckingham Palace’s, with towers to outdo those of London Bridge. Oh, and we will replace our van with a red double-decker bus!
PRIZE: Free round-trip transport to the airport of Bari or Brindisi, and ten (10) of the most kitsch Puglian postcards we can find…
BRUNO: naïf sketch
And the winner is…… BRUNO! HURRAY!!!THE ENTRANCE ENVISIONED BY BRUNO WILL BE EXECUTED AS DESIGNED! IN FACT, WE HAVE ALREADY BEGUN, PLANTING SEVERAL SELECTED TOP-QUALITY ACORNS IN POTS, TWO OF WHICH WILL BE STRATEGICALLY PLACED IN A TIMELY MANNER! WE CANT WAIT UNTIL 2072, WHEN WE CAN BEGIN PRUNING THE OAKS AS PER THE ARTIST’S SPECIFICATIONS. THE OPERA WILL BE BE INAUGURATED WITH A GRAND FÊTE FEATURING ROBERT AND PIA IN AN ACROBATIC EXHIBITION FOR CENTENARIANS!
PRIZE: One thousand (1000) euros, to be awarded on completion of his realization of the children’s show which he will create with the as-yet unborn children in attendance at the Luna summer festival 2072.