1972 – 2018 Pollution returns to Piazza Santo Stefano in Bologna.
A project that combines architecture, art and landscape and amplifies the perception of the urban space as a place of reconciliation between man and nature

The installation is open to the public every day from 24th to 28th September, from 10 am to 10 pm
Free guided tours by professionals from SOS – School of Sustainability every 30 minutes.
From Monday 24th to Wednesday 26th September, from 5.30 to 6.30 pm
Thursday 27th and Friday 28th September, from 5.30 to 8 pm


“A wood in the city centre reveals its non-decorative function through the art that animates it. It becomes an existential and civil place of passage, becomes the murmur and cry of souls, becomes a presence that interrogates and invites us to hope. ” Davide Rondoni

Art is a universal language that enraptures and manages in its immediate beauty to directly transmit profound and complex concepts.

As with Pollution 1972, art once again interprets contemporary living. Today poetry, music and dance create new visions, animating the re-naturalised space of Piazza Santo Stefano.

Under the artistic direction of poet Davide Rondoni, three brand new performances of writing, movement and narration have been created ad hoc for Pollution 2018 on the theme of the wood, the protagonist of the Pollution 2018 installation.

The wood is the inspiration of this artistic event, together with the concept of the installation created by Mario Cucinella and SOS – School of Sustainability, representing nature that emerges unexpectedly in the urban heart of the city. The wood, like the square, is a place of passage, a key to reflection that inspires the performances, experienced as a journey through a wood. An urgent reflection for a better future for mankind, a future that is the key to the company philosophy of the Iris Ceramica Group.

Crossing the wood of Pollution is like a rite of initiation, a gesture of rebuilding our relationship with nature, a new perspective on the relationship between mankind and the city.

As in 1972 the public space of Piazza Santo Stefano is transformed into a new scenario. Performers, artists, architects and citizens are invited to take a new look at traditions, at symbols and at their own future.

Sunday 23 September, 7.30 pm

Cappuccetto Rosso Post
Poet Davide Rondoni rewrites the tale of Little Red Riding Hood for the present day, entrusting it to the voice of the great Italian cinema and theatre actress Iaia Forte.
A modern Little Red Riding Hood who has never left the wood offers up a hymn, a lament, a portrait of modern day humanity, in search of a more natural life in the midst of fear of the wolf and the seduction of power and self-sufficiency.
It is a poetic text with tones of fury and irony, a cry in the form of a fairy tale, entrusted by the poet to the voice of one of the leading Italian theatre performers.

Monday 24 September, 7.30 pm

Pollution 2018, with RefleAction material becomes nature 7.30 pm
The Pollution project and its development are explored in a relationship between Environment and Material, Art and the City, in a conversation with Mario Cucinella, curator of the installation. In the event of bad weather this will take place at Sala dei Carracci at Palazzo Segni Masetti, headquarters of Confcommercio Ascom (Str. Maggiore 23 – Bologna)

Tuesday 25 September, 7:30 PM

Nature’s Revenge
Valentino Corvino, composer and violinist has created a brand-new concert for Pollution 2018.
It is an original music composition, where man, the fruits of nature and of industry are invited to play together. It is a concert where the composer has orchestrated a work that involves a musical dialogue between the elements of the installations – classic instruments and new materials. It is a new experiment at a moment in which real music is looking for new roads away from banalisation and academia.

Wednesday 26 September, 7.30 pm

“Nature is a temple where living pillars/sometimes emit a swarm of words” wrote Charles Baudelaire in Les Fleurs du Mal in 1857. This new performance of symbols, sounds and movement is inspired by the verse of the French poet.
In his famous poem Correspondances, Baudelaire speaks of nature as a forest of symbols that look at man with a “familiar gaze”, a sign that nature wants to be known in its mystery through an experience of correspondence between the senses, discoveries and different semantic fields. The pathway suggests an experience of correspondence through the combination of music and different sounds.