piero bonacina

Garden of Piero Bonacina

The Piero Bonacina Garden is an art garden in Montegiovi, in the municipality of Castel del Piano.

The garden surrounds Villa Clara, the artist’s residence, and also offers a splendid panoramic view over the valleys of the Tuscan Maremma and the summit of Monte Labro.
The works of the art park are made by Piero himself who has used the most diverse materials over the years, from Manciano sandstone to Saturnia travertine, but also iron, wood and concrete.

The history of the Garden

Piero Bonacina moved to Montegiovi from the province of Lecco in the early 90s, following in the footsteps of the Tibetan master Namkhai Norbu who in 1981 opened the dzog-chen center of Merigar West on Monte Amiata. Piero Bonacina in fact spent a good part of his life traveling in the East, especially in India. Arriving on Monte Amiata Piero, a self-taught sculptor, began to create his own works in the garden of his home, since 2009 his garden has become part of the Amiata Museum System, in the provincial network of museums in Maremma.

The garden

Located in a panoramic position on the famous “Conca d’Oro” the valley of the Zancona and Ente rivers, in the southern part of Montegiovi, the Garden of Piero Bonacina is a wonderful art park immersed in the Maremma nature. Piero himself guides visitors to discover the garden and its wonders. Arranged in the large olive grove, the sculptures are made of various materials, local stones, iron and wood.
Many of the works on display celebrate great contemporary artists such as Alberto Giacometti, Constantin Brâncuși, Henry Moore and Marcel Duchamp.
Among the main works:
Chaos, an intertwining of metal objects
Human Ambition, symbolized by a man who tramples on others in order to achieve his goals
Migrants on the run in the Mediterranean
the Life of Man, depicting the three stages of life, child, adult and elderly
la Fatica, the concrete sculpture of a man bent over by work
The Man with Open Arms, sculpture facing the valley and covered with ivy

The visit to the garden ends at the laboratory-atelier, where the works still under construction, the artist’s own home and some beautiful sculptures are found.