What does Alessandro Mendini’s latest sculpture, “Il Cavaliere di Durer” (The Knight of Durer) mean to him?

“I’ve always had the enigmatic figure of Il Cavaliere di Durer in mind, as well as the crustacean-like image of Durer’s Rhinocerus. These refined, precise burin engravings inspired to me both the image of a knight and a horse and the idea of transposing them into glass mosaic. The volumes of my equestrian statue are treated as elementary masses with the intention of creating large solid colour areas that organise the geometry of the decorations. The compositional structure is suggested by the enigma Durer expresses in his figures, in which the horse and the knight blend together into a single image. The monument is smaller than life, and the statue is on a high pedestal which makes it look far away and abstract due to the effect of perspective. The white gold colour of the 10x10mm mosaic tiles covers the two bodies in shiny armour, and the softness of the marks and blue lines is a reference to the masterful burin engraving made by Durer in the midsixteenth
century. I have always been fascinated by the long tradition of equestrian statues. And in
working on a project of this kind, I spontaneously had the idea of covering the whole statue with mosaic tiles to make it shiny, nervy, with a mirror finish. I don’t think this has been done before. And this shining skin overlying the still volumes suggests to me that there could be a series of knights on horses of the same shape, but identified by different armours: “Bisazza Knights” ready for a jousting tournament.”