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Biamonti Park, a project between landscape and words in San Biagio della Cima

In the mind of his readers he is the “mimosas man”, but Francesco Biamonti never cultivated mimosas for work although he lived in San Biagio della Cima. This Western Riviera district today shows the rugged and rocky beauty of the extreme locations and, narrated through the writer’s brushes of words, colours and feelings, there is Biamonti Park. Dedicated to the writer, its purpose was to stage an authentic interactive route to display the places lived and narrated by Francesco Biamonti in his novels.

As an author immersed in the landscape intended as poetry and literary concept, Biamonti’s literary production is tardive as it emerged during his adulthood after the time he spent between France and Spain, before becoming librarian at the Aprosiana library of Ventimiglia. Four novels published by Einaudi, and thanks to Italo Calvino’s prestigious consent, made his debut: L’angelo di Avrigue (1983), Vento Largo (1991), Attesa sul mare (1994), and Le parole la note (1998). His volumes are very highly concentrated in time and maybe this is why they are even more precious. These stories are immersed in the deep mood of the territory and feature a landscape that is at the same time rural and representative of the human history.

Besides the literary concept, the project of Biamonti Park wants to focus on the writer’s words to reconsider the territory and especially the San Biagio della Cima and Western Liguria landscapes, thus unveiling those meanings and values hidden between the farmlands and the town.

In fact, this landscape is today able to foster a rural and social community development. Stonewalls, vineyards, wine bars, olive tree trunks – this is where the signs of the ancient rural civilisation are still evident and where Biamonti’s poetry finds its natural habitat. The project of the park finds its reason to be in the excited dialogue between real places and pages, together with its online literary map (now available on www.parcobiamonti.it), meetings and visits “between the town and the landscape”. The Porta della Madonna, the alleyways of the literary Avrigue, the Svolte alleyway, the olive tree, the Pila del Corvo sheepfolds come in succession almost as if there were no boundaries between written words and lived places after reading and walking these venues.

[Alessandra Chiappori]

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