MASONE LABYRINTH: LOST BETWEEN ART AND BAMBOO
Inaugurated two years ago, this world made entirely of bamboo was tapped the largest labyrinth on earth. The Masone Labyrinth, supported by the publisher Franco Maria Ricci, is located in the eponymous locality in the province of Parma. The eye is guided skillfully into the labyrinth. Masone is, in fact, composed of about 200,000 bamboo plants, between 30 centimeters and 15 meters tall, from 20 different species, extending seven hectares. “When Minos built his labyrinth as a prison, he had dark and cruel intentions,” says Ricci, who explains the idea of “his” labyrinth; “I imagined a sweetened equivalent, which was also a Garden, where people could walk, getting lost from time to time, but without being in danger”. Inside the Parco della Masone (Masone Park) there is also a museum complex that collects works collected by Ricci over the last 50 years. Set over 5,000 square meters, the collection reflects the personal taste of the publisher and is continually expanding. Present works include Canova, Bernini, Hayez and Antonio Ligabue, among others. The Masone Labyrinth also hosts numerous cultural activities, including temporary exhibitions, conferences and concerts.