Viaggio di ritorno by Rodolfo Lacquaniti

Rodolfo takes what we would consider to be rubbish and recycles it into incredible sculptures that are intrinsically linked to the territory they’re found in, Castiglione della Pescaia.

Originally a bio-architect, Rodolfo started this garden as a hobby before falling head over heels with the project and deciding to dedicate himself to it full time. But unlike most artists, Rodolfo doesn’t buy his materials. He finds them.

Now before you start thinking this is just another rubbish tip someone has interpreted as art, take another look at the picture at the start of this post. Rodolfo is a serious artist and the things he does with his recycled materials are truly incredible.

For example, ‘Large Whale’, a huge installation shaped entirely out of fishing nets for an archway of rusted metal lit up by coloured flood lights.

Rodolfo works on a big and magnificent scale and his pieces have this incredible ability to change depending on the time of day and weather – it’s amazing.

But what I think is the most appealing part of this garden is the very fact that Rodolfo collects his materials in the Maremma. This isn’t by chance. The artist wanted his art be in harmony with its surroundings, rather than in conflict.

So his pieces are utterly at home in Castiglione della Pescaia, given new life so that they can reflect back on the environment around them.

You can lose a day admiring this garden or a couple of hours, depending on how much you love modern sculpture art. But as with all the art parks in the Tuscan Maremma, remember to wear comfortable shoes and a hat, especially if you’re visiting in summer.

If you have the kids in tow, don’t worry. Rodolfo sometimes rents his garden to school groups to teach local children about the values of recycling and the concept of waste not, want not.

His installations are therefore extremely kid friendly and I’m yet to meet a kid who doesn’t enjoy exploring the garden and climbing all over the bigger sculptures!