Colloquio (Giardino zen Teresa Pomodoro)

Author: Kengiro Azuma and Anri Ambrogio Azuma
Title: Colloquio (Giardino zen Teresa Pomodoro)
Date: 2020-2021
Location: piazzale Gabrio Piola, Milan

Above: Kengiro Azuma and Anri Ambrogio Azuma, Colloquio (Teresa Pomodoro Zen Garden), 2020 – 2021, piazzale Gabrio Piola, Milan, photo by Andrea Scuratti – Comune di Milano.

Five cylindrical stone steps of different heights welcome, within a rotunda immersed in the city traffic, a sort of Zen garden, populated by a sculpture entitled Colloquio (two stylized bronze toads) and by MU – 765 Goccia, a large drop also in bronze. All around, granite benches with rounded shapes alternate with cherry trees, planted for the occasion and dedicated to the women.

Inside a roundabout surrounded by the city traffic, it is now possible to enter a real Zen garden, donated to the city by Livia Pomodoro, sister of Teresa, actress and animator of the No’hma Theater, which is located not far from here. in via Orcagna 2. The garden is an oasis of peace offered to the citizens, and also the stylized representation, in a perfectly oriental mood, of the dialogue between Teresa Pomodoro and Kengiro Azuma, a naturalized Japanese sculptor from Milan, who died a few years ago and buried in the Famedio of Milan. The two stylized toads of Colloquio are precisely their two figures, in constant dialogue, while the large bronze drop of MU – 765 Goccia recalls the aquatic element, alluding to the fact that Teresa’s theater is located in a former Drinking Water Building : an image evocative of lightness and transparency, while the title illustrates the oriental concept of MU, which stands for “empty” or “infinite”, a concept present in many of the titles of Azuma’s works (another of them, MU 141 of 2015, we can admire it in front of the Monumental Cemetery).

Around the artistic installation there is a drop-shaped paved pedestrian area surrounded by benches in pink Baveno granite and twenty-one cherry trees that want to grant a pause for contemplation, or even just for rest, to those who walk through this busy area of the city. The project was created, coordinated and completed by Azuma’s son, Anri Ambrogio Azuma, who is active in Milan as an architect.