Maria Catena Sardella and Valeria Di Chiara are two illustrators from Palermo who share a great love for the sea. And for their city. These travel journals, performed between autumn and winter 2017, illustrate Palermo and its coastline and have inspired the project “Palermo from the sea, floating laboratory of images and words”. This is an event whose artistic vision of the places is focused on the observation of the Sicilian capital while sailing on the coast. The initiative was attended by artists, professionals and non-professionals. It took place between September and October in collaboration with the Libreria del Mare and the Lega Navale – section of Aspra, and was organized by BCsicilia, an opinion movement for the protection and enhancement of cultural and environmental heritage, within of the “The Big Draw 2018” drawing festival: two days of workshop, for two consecutive weekends, in which images and words have allowed us to observe, draw and express the suggestions aroused by the Gulf of Palermo as it presents itself to the eyes of sailors. And how, probably, the Phoenicians saw him, founders of the city between the 6th and 7th centuries BC. An original perspective, therefore, to learn more about a beautiful city and to represent it through the technique of watercolor. Preparatory carnet to the project
HORIZON CARNET. Palermo, Sunday, December 3, 2017. Today I wanted to turn my back on the city to look at what I see daily but I do not observe, taken by a thousand thoughts. Its charm is also a light breeze that announces the new-born December. And dream of sailing elsewhere!
PORTA FELICE CARNET. Palermo, Saturday 4 November 2017. Porta Felice introduces into the Cassaro, the main artery of the city, and lets us glimpse Porta Nuova to which the Corso closes, but opens the view to the crown of mountains that surrounds the head of the city. Unfortunately, after the Sixties the wild buildings surpassed the mouth of the Oreto river, up to the southeastern border of the city. Foro Italico … the waterfront of Palermo. My childhood, where one day the rides were screaming, now a lawn announces the city. Palermo “entirely harbor” welcoming and loving from the time of the Phoenicians to the great travelers of the ‘700.
SANTA TERESA ALLA KALSA CARNET. Palermo, Saturday 18 November 2017. Santa Teresa alla Kalsa. From the sea the crown of our mountains encircles the head of Palermo, which, with its historic mandates, slips on the Foro Italico. Santa Teresa alla Kalsa is a splendid example of Palermitan baroque destined for the Dominican nuns of cloistering founders of the church. The Kalsa (al Halisah, the elected) is the district that welcomes it. It arises during the Islamic domination and here dwells the emir with his ministers: today it is a very picturesque popular district where you still breathe spicy perfumes, heritage of the ancient Arab culture. Carnet carried out by Valeria Di Chiara. ITALIAN FORUM: the inhabitants of Palermo are obsessed with their city, they have a morbid attachment. In the vintage photos, the promenade portrays a relaxed city with carriages and people on foot, the sea reached the street; then to free the city from the waste of aerial bombardments it was created what today is the park of the Foro Italico, the promenade of the Marina, a large green area with Mediterranean vegetation. GULF OF PALERMO: Palermo from the sea, like the Phoenicians. To understand Palermo we must arrive from the sea, only in this way we can understand its deepest nature and its extraordinary geographic conformation. And only from the sea we can catch its troubled and passionate history in the blink of an eye. The mountains that saw the ancient navigators are still there, the monuments and gardens in the front line of the sea speak to us every day of the splendors over the centuries and to the east the wild urbanization is visible in its devastating homogeneity. PORT OF PALERMO: From the land to the sea. Get out of Palermo for a weekend on a sailing boat. You can easily reach enchanting destinations on terms of starting on Friday. According to the wind direction, Ustica, Cefalù, Capo San Vito are respectively 29, 32 and 35 miles from Palermo, which at 6-7 knots means more or less 7 hours of navigation. Starting at noon on Friday you can arrive in the late afternoon and return on Sundays at sunset. For the Egadi and the Aeolian Islands it is necessary to have at least 5 days available if the wind is favorable. Spring and autumn are the best seasons; August is to be avoided for not coming across Sunday sailors or endless calm!