Water as a Stage
Chiara Campigotto - Università IUAV di Venezia
Rebecca Prince - Manchester Metropolitan University
Antonio Romacho Sàeza - Universidad de Granada
‘Arsenale as the theatre, water as a stage.’
By tracing the historical footprint of the Ancient Shipyard, a water urban landscape has been created for both the Venetians to celebrate the memory of the Arsenale and as the final 'spectacle' for visitors of the annual Biennale.
A stage floats above the water's surface, like the Venetian galley or vessel from previous centuries. The stage acts as a centrepiece for the curator of the Biennale, which will change every year both in scale and creativity depending on the artist or architect's style. The flexible modules that make up the water landscape can also act as a foundation for other celebrations and festivies, such as an open air cinema or pools filled in the summer, providing a place for people to cool down.
By playing with the natural tide, the water landscape can change at different times in the year. Fixed stone beams, which hold L.E.D strip lighting may be visible in the summer but during the winter months hover under the water, like a archeological ruin, remeniscent of the fallen shipyard buildings.
The concept for the water landscape aims at reconnecting the south of the Arsenale by visually connecting the entrance point of the Biennale, the water front and the Navy areaon the opposite side, which is significant because of the remaining wall of an ancient shipyard.