On October 7th, 2008 Michelangelo Pistoletto unveiled
his huge permanent installation “Mediterranean – Love Difference”
in the entrance hall of the new centre of the municipality of Bologna,
in the presence of the mayor Sergio Cofferati and of Marco Cammellli,
president of the Fondazione del Monte.
The installation, which measures almost 5mx9m, is placed along the entrance stairs. Polished mirror steel panels, that reflect the people, are assembled in the shape of the Mediterranean with the writing “Love Difference” in colored letters over it.
Michelangelo Pistoletto explains his new installation like “the public and encounter space adapt not only to the closest relations but also the most distant ones. Loving the difference means meeting different cultures and civilizations, something that leads to a capacity of encounter and cohabitation. In today’s societies there are always more people coming from different part of the world. They enter becoming part of our communities and are reflected with their tastes and their histories of ambition and needs. Differences are ancient values that can communicate with today’s values”.
Love Difference was also present at the official inauguration, that took place on Saturday 11th of October with a big celebration, including speeches, music and performances.
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