Architecture, Design – “I was born in a country that is a stage itself,” says Italian artist and scenographer Francesca Montinaro who created the set design of the Eurovision 2022, the infamous and inclusive European song contest bringing together music from Portugal to Ukraine, from Norway to Malta.
This year, Eurovision goes on show in Turin, Italy, at the Pala Olympic stadium. Francesca Montinaro won the competition with The sun within concept design which “pays tribute to the country’s beauty and our way of living,” Explains Montinaro. “Not an easy task,” she admits. “Defining Italian beauty is like fitting the sky in a jar.” The sun, water and the richness of Italian languages in art, architecture and design are key design elements.
At the center of the stage is a ‘kinetic sun,’ a rotating structure composed of 7 arches on concentric platforms. The giant backdrop, the front stage and the rock stage are covered in LED while a complex lighting system radiates beams in all possible directions to create a vibrant play of lights and shadows with iridescent reflections.
“Our country is a crossroad of cultures and populations because it’s surrounded by the sea.” From here, Montinaro decided to surround the stage with waterfalls. “Water is the natural element we are made of and a welcoming symbol. A welcoming Eurovision for a welcoming Europe.”
“The most innovative parts of this scenography are its real elements. Real is the water running on stage, real are the plants in the green room. Real is the scent of rosemary and sage you can smell walking in this Italian Garden.” In the stalls, the lush garden of verdant isles, all filled with the scents of Mediterranean herbs. Each island is a welcoming alcove where artists and their teams can enjoy the show before and after their performance.
Photos by Jordy Brada and Sarah Louise Bennet via IG, @ateliermontinaro.