"If you teach beauty to people, it would provide a weapon against resignation, fear and silence”
The Municipality of Petrosino presents the 1st Edition of the "Art's Oasis" Prize. The competition is aimed to launch a cultural and social process that educates the citizenry to take their public spaces (abandoned and degraded) back, thanks to their participation in choosing the artworks. "Art's Oasis" is presented, in general, as an active tool of the urban regeneration and requalification policy for the local areas under redesign. In particular, it represents the planning tool for a series of operations for the recovery of marginal and degraded areas that do not match with the social and cultural needs of the town.
"Art's Oasis" represents the hope to give a new essence to the town, to allow it to re-enter in the international tourism circuits connected to the contemporary art. In this first edition of the Prize, the spaces involved are the access to the town, the low-income housing, the new square and coastal areas.
The goal is cause a culture shock aimed at the creation of the Advanced Cultural District. A great cultural and artistic ferment to trigger future opportunities, events connected to the Prize with results in the following years, with a view to enrich the town every year with new installations.
Below the names of the artworks and their future locations.