Mr Arbitrium is a 5.4-meter sculpture to be placed on the external facade of a church or an historic building, depicting a male figure pushing or supporting the architecture itself.
The sculpture is conceived with all its muscles in tension, intent on supporting or pushing it away the structure in a decisive way: playing on this ambivalence is the intent of the artist's work and in the double meaning of this action lies the concept at the basis of this work.
In a historical moment of great changes and increasingly accelerated rhythms like the one we are going through, we are inevitably asked to choose: pushing away the church or the historic building, symbols of institutions, of our history and culture, or instead supporting and defending the church, our millenary history, the symbols of our culture?
Science has been talking about robotics, neurotechnology, stem cells, cloning, controlled digital societies etc. for years. On the other hand, man has always experienced uncertainties, fears, enthusiasm and progress. How will they interface with these challenges?
Each of us will be forced to decide which of the two different paths "pushing" or "supporting" choose.
According to the artist, each of us will put his/her "I" into play, acting according to our own abilities and conscience. This is where the idea that the protagonist is no longer the sculpture, but ourselves, arises. With the hope of avoiding misunderstandings and evaluation errors.
Future and men will pass through here, at least in the artist's vision.