A Seahorse, a caravel and large quantities of concrete, stone, fill, topsoil, tiles, piping, trees and other plants
New York-based artist Francesco Simeti transformed one of Vizcaya’s outdoor fountains into a surreal theatrical set, providing a playful and melancholic commentary on the fragility of human endeavors.
Inspired by the mechanical apparatuses that simulated natural phenomena in Baroque gardens, Simeti’s animated assemblage was composed of floating sculptures representing elements of the estate. The project continued in the Main House exhibition room with an installation of historic artifacts pulled from storage and on display for the first time ever.
About the Artist
Francesco Simeti is best known for his wallpapers—collages that introduce politically and socially charged images from the mass media into the private sphere of the home. At the core of Simeti’s work is the investigation of nature and artifice, from Renaissance and Baroque garden architecture to the manufactured lures used to hunt living animals.
His wallpapers are part of the collection at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (New York City); the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) and the Fabric Workshop and Museum (Philadelphia).
Simeti has recently completed permanent projects for New York City’s public schools and subway system, and has created site-specific installations for the MACRO (Rome); Rhode Island School of Design Museum (Providence); Art & Idea Gallery (Mexico City) and Columbia University (New York City).
His work has been exhibited in the United States and Europe including the Galleria d’Arte Moderna (Bologna); Musée de Design et d'Arts Appliqués Contemporains (Lausanne) and the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia).