Luì and the art of going down to the woods
La favola dell’arte
format: 14 x 20 cm
date of publication: november 2002
images: 35 col.
The story tells of a teacher, Miss Pizzi, who took the children of the Terza C class in the Kingdom of Silence - a wood at the border of the city - and lost everybody there. Then the journalists, soldiers and policemen came, but nor them and nor the town mayor could make the children come back from the Silent Wood. Luì, a crazy child who stands for hours under the rain and listens to the leaves speaking, will solve the situation going into the wood simply armed of his imagination, catching shapes and colours and the armony that they produce in Art, a music that shed into the hole wood and made the children follow it and get out of the Silent labyrinth.
The words by Guido Quarzo let the children live landscapes of sounds, shapes and colours, suggested by the works by Luigi Mainolfi, things that would like to become nature in spite of adverse temptations.
Luigi Mainolfi, born at Rotondi (AV) in 1948, he completed his studies at the Accademia di Napoli, gaining a diploma in painting. In the Seventies, he moved to Turin, where he taught at an arts-based high school. From 1979, with the realisation of the Bell , he took a determined step towards a rebirth of sculpture in the panorama of contemporary art. He makes his sculptures using terracotta, wood, bronze and other metals. Blending nature and artifice, and so creating ambiguous, surprising crosses; fabulous monsters able to stimulate our fantasy and arouse unexpected ideas.
Guido Quarzo, born in Torino in 1948, a graduate in pedagogy, he has worked for many years in primary school education, both as teacher and as instructor. In particular, he has worked with theatre for children, writing scripts, and organising workshops and shows. Since 1989, he has begun to publish narrative texts for children of various ages which have won him numerous literary prizes. In 1999, he left the teaching sector to dedicate himself completely to writing. With hopefulmonster he has also published Tales of stone and more and Il costruttore di torri.