For this homage to Beauty, Dolce&Gabbana has designed and created a special installation that celebrates the Italian artistic heritage while offering a unique experience to the visitors of the Pavilion. An architectural structure with baroque forms, typical of the architecture of the eighteenth-century gardens of Southern Italy, develops close to the flourishing botanical garden of the Pavilion, interacting with its colours. The elegant octagonal columns and the seats obtained from the brickwork are entirely covered with 1200 finely crafted and hand-painted majolica tiles by Sicilian master potters with floral interweaving, bougainvillea fronds, citrus fruits and bucolic landscapes. Following the tradition of craftsmanship, which draws its tools from nature to create true works of art, each individual tile is made from a mixture of clay and Sicilian lava stone powder and decorated with natural colours obtained from mineral oxides. The space welcomes visitors by giving them a regenerating break, immersed in the values of artisanship and enveloped by the scents of the typical essences of the Mediterranean vegetation. As always in Italy, the beauty of nature interchanges and merges with the beauty born from the genius and the hands of man, in a virtuous exchange that generates new beauty.
The installation aims to be a symbol and testimony of the skills of Italian art masters in all their fields of action. They are a priceless intangible heritage, repositories of knowledge and skills that risk being lost forever, in a distracted and superficial age, if not enhanced, encouraged and communicated to the new generation.