ARABA FENICE (THE PHOENIX)

Concept

Araba fenice, “The Phoenix”, is the title of this hologram floating in a square inscribed in a number of concentric circles.

There is a symbolic distinction between the square and the circle: The square represents earth, the circle the sky.

The circle is to the square what the sky is to the earth, or eternity to time. In my idea, the square is nothing other than the perfection of the sphere on earth, a synthesis of the four elements.

In other words, humanity is connected to divinity the way time is connected to eternity, the visible to the invisible, the earthly to the heavenly.

The Phoenix is my personal symbolic story of the concept of eternity, or of the passage from darkness to light, because everything begins with fire, with a sparkle of light and its fragments in motion.

Three is a symbol of creativity, as well as a perfect number, and three gold ouroboroses rise out of the fire: the ouroboros, the serpent biting its own tail, is a symbol of death and rebirth.

The ouroboroses intertwine, break apart, become two and then one only, which is in turn liquefied after thinning out and turning into a trickle of water.

Thus water becomes the key element, forming a cube without sides, a house without walls, a nest to temporarily house the Phoenix.

The mythological bird bursts into flame, but from its ashes comes an egg, a big egg, a mosaic reflecting the world. The egg, symbol of life, origin of the world and the earth, is shaken by a strong wind, symbol of the breath of life.

This breath cracks the egg and breaks it into particles of light, out of which rises the Phoenix in all its splendour, like the sun, which is always the same but rises again and again after the “last” sun went down: there is only one, eternal, immortal Phoenix.