The Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava is being
feted twice in Italy this summer. His new bridge
for Venice, the first to be built in the Serenissima
city for over 70 years, has finally been installed.
Strongly desired by Venice's mayor, Massimo
Cacciari, it links Venice's rail station to a large
parking lot on the other side. Calatrava
describes the project, the cost of which rose
from 7 million to 11 million euros, as "a wonderful,
extraordinary adventure."
Meanwhile, an exhibition in Rome explores
Calatrava's body of work as an architect,
engineer and sculptor. Through sculptures,
drawings and models, it highlights how
he moves effortlessly between the different
disciplines. The titles of some of his sculptures,
such as 'Wave,' 'Singing Bird' and 'Twisting
Torso' capture a sense of flow and movement.
His work combines a variety of materials, ranging
from Carrara marble, ceramics and silver
to ebony and granite, with traditional forms
and themes that are sometimes inspired
by the Italian Renaissance.

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