17.11.2016 | fondazione zegna

Five years of infinity in St. Francis Wood

Open to the public since 2011, the Terzo Paradiso continues to attract thousands of visitors to Assisi

On 11 November 2011, FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano staged the public opening of the Bosco di San Francesco (St. Francis Wood, in Assisi) enriched by a special version of Terzo Paradiso (Third Paradise) produced for the occasion by artist Michelangelo Pistoletto in the ample clearing.

A veritable ritual of reflection and self-knowledge along a path surrounded by 121 olive trees, it invites us to contemplate a different model of development that will lead to the birth of a new relationship between humans and the rest of creation.

In the last five years, over 100,000 visitors have taken up this invitation and become users and ambassadors of a message that in the words of Michelangelo Pistoletto “speaks of the need to feel united and close and to live, indeed relive nature, not to go back in time but go forward using new technologies and sciences to protect and safeguard it”.

Its success with the public was also down to the numerous events that FAI organized in the Bosco di San Francesco: from walks with Prof. Aldo Ranfa (Università di Perugi) to study edible wild herbs to those in the company of our four-legged friends, from night-time observation of the moon and stars in the clearing to the study of bats.

To make these walks even more engaging, FAI will soon be opening a new info point in a position before entering the clearing. And for lovers of quality food, FAI has for the last three years been producing a splendid oil made with the olives of the Terzo Paradiso and sold in bottles adorned with a label created by Pistoletto himself.

Looking forward to seeing you in St. Francis Wood!