All About Italy (USA) - - Photorepor­tage - Gior­gio Migliore

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.


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