Fontanarosa
The stone town

Fontanarosa, an Irpino town of Norman origins, has been considered the ancient stone-working town for centuries. The urban fabric of the old town boasts a consistent use of limestone, whose compact structure is perfect for being cut and carved according to the great traditions of the local stonemasons.
The regular use of this material has influenced the formal and the notional choices of the urban complex.
Stone is widely used for portals, window frames, steps, staircases, the corner structures of the buildings and for every figurative and structural element in the local architectural regime. Even the roadways themselves possess a highly dynamic character due to their countless adjacent openings.
A far from monotonous repetition of elements that gives aesthetic significance to the image of the environment.
The portals of the farmhouses and stately buildings alike, despite their various shapes, have a common nature, acting as invariable elements within the architectural context as a whole. built from local stone, they can all be traced back to an individual geometric matrix: the curved line that inserts itself within the vertical and horizontal structure, providing for a series of different configurations.
In certain cases small openings can be found, above or on the sides, featuring elaborate cornices embellished with wrought iron grates.
The inward character of Fontanarosa's ancient core blends harmoniously with near ostentation of its stone elements.
As a kind of signature, in the same manner as the master medieval stonemasons, the work of Fontanarosa's modern stone craftsmen bears witness to the great local tradition.
In recent years, this centuries-old awareness of the value of stone has experienced a revival through the birth of new and innovative business activities. Ancient Fontanarosa stone has been rediscovered after nearly half a century, thanks to the recent mining activities being carried out by the Company L&A Pietre di Iovanna Luigi at the local quarry.
Along with the classical production of various handmade construction items, new forms inspired by tradition have now been in production for some time, loaded with artistic character, bearing witness to the continuity of a culture that impassions the work of the artist. The manual working of the stone brings out its inner qualities, while simultaneously increasing its value.
As William Morriss once said, " though inspired by tradition, the works are contemporary nonetheless ". It is from the stone and from these physical and social locations thats a new figurative language arises: one that is capable of sustaining the craft and promoting economic development by combining tradition with innovation, blending the old with the new.

 

 

 

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