The artworks designed by architect Pietro Porcinai, marking the route of Pinocchio Park in Collodi, are about to get back to their original splendour. Indeed, the extensive iconographic restoration project for the park began with the renewal of the shrub masses, and a series of targeted interventions on the tree elements.
Besides the restoration work on the architecture, sculptures and the plant endowment, the Collodi Foundation decided to update the Park. Thus, a series of contemporary interpretations and new narrative levels will be added to the existing ones.
Visitors will be involved in an interactive journey through multimedia activators. That is to say sounds, lights, stories and new explanations will enhance an already fascinating itinerary.
Primary objective of the intervention is the restoration of the vegetal structure, as a load-bearing element of the Park. Despite the maintenance carried out over the years, the vegetation has now reached such a level of deterioration and senescence that requires targeted and incisive interventions.
The project envisages a detailed census of the green elements with stability analyses, in order to facilitate the planning of safety measures, today and in the years to come. In some cases it will be necessary to replace unhealthy or unsafe plants, while in others a series of interventions will ensure the safety and health of the trees themselves.
Undeniably, the shrub endowment has completely lost its original connotation, with the exception of the Bambuseae woods. The large evergreen masses, once impenetrable to the eye, have now become almost transparent. Therefore, it is necessary to replace a large part of the shrubs present with others of the same species, or in any case corresponding to the original project.
Furthermore, the project envisages a series of small restoration works on the paths, paving and sculpture bases, and a modern technological infrastructure.
As a matter of fact, a careful management of natural resources is one of the key elements of the project. For instance, the choice of the plant heritage and its monitoring will direct the management of the Park towards high eco-sustainability, limiting water consumption, reducing CO2, increasing biodiversity and reducing soil pollution.