Proposte per il concorso Trigon [Proposals for the Trigon competition] (1971)
Part of:
  • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)
  • Gianni Pettena (artist)

Proposte per il concorso Trigon [Proposals for the Trigon competition] (1971)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 113 digital files (398 MB)
    22 drawings (including 17 reprographic copies)
    18 photographic materials
Scope and content:
This project series documents five of the fifteen proposals submitted by Pettena for the Trigon competition in Graz, Austria, in 1971. The proposals documented in this project series are the following: Proposal n° 7 "Imprisonment" and "Architectural project #2 (Planes crossing)"; Proposal n° 11 "Instantaneous birth"; Proposal n° 12 "Conservazione"; Proposal n° 13 "Sedie e tavolo d’erba"; and Proposal n° 14 "Grass Architecture" I, II, and III.

Pettena won the first prize for both his proposal "Imprisonment" and "Architectural Project #2" (Proposal n° 7) and for "Grass Architecture" I and II (Proposal n° 14). In these proposals, Pettena "questioned the temporal dimension of architecture as well as its relationship with nature." [1] The proposal "Grass Architecture" consists of shapes of grass rising from the ground, creating a perishable form of architecture coming from within and becoming part of the territory. The "Imprisonment" and "Architectural Project #2" proposals are a variation of Pettena's previous performance project "Cancellazione di uno stato" in 1970. These proposals consist of "trails of passing airplanes crisscrossing? the sky, creating the outlines of a grid of clouds. Here, the legacy of the grid in modern architecture is rendered formless, as if “naturalized” by the evaporation of the clouds, subject to chance and the freely drifting trails left by the airplanes." [2]

The project series contains presentation drawings (five original drawings, seventeen reprographic copies, and four photographic reproductions), for Pettena's proposals "Imprisonment" and "Architectural project #2 (Planes crossing)", "Instantaneous birth", "Conservazione", "Sedie e tavolo d’erba", and "Grass Architecture" I, II, and III. The project series also includes photographs of models for the "Grass Architecture" proposal.

[1] FRAC Centre-Val de Loire, http://www.frac-centre.fr/_en/art-and-architecture-collection/pettena-gianni/grass-architecture-317.html?authID=148&ensembleID=454 (last accessed 11 November 2019)
[2] FRAC Centre-Val de Loire, http://www.frac-centre.fr/_en/art-and-architecture-collection/pettena-gianni/imprisonment-317.html?authID=148&ensembleID=115 (last accessed 11 November 2019)
Reference number:



Graz Austria

Language of material:
  • English
  • Italian
Related units of description:
  • For materials related to Pettena's performance project "Cancellazione di uno stato", see AP207.S1.1970.PR01 Cancellazione di uno stato [Cancellation of the State] (1970).

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