Edoardo Tresoldi is an Italian sculptor and set designer, known for his astonishingly realistic, transparent sculptures made from metallic wire mesh. His work involves adeptly molding wire mesh into intricate sculptures of animals, humans and buildings, and installing them at strategic locations perfectly integrated to the surroundings, with the aim of inscribing a specific sense of time and space to them. His works speak about the fine line between freedom and captivity, and how man influences the environment he lives in.
Wire mesh sculptures
Born in Milan in 1987, Edoardo is a master of his craft. A single glance at any one of his sculptures – ranging from smaller statues to buildings of massive scale – is enough for the viewer to realize the level of intricacy and delicate precision that is required to bring these sculptures to life. Using only pieces of bent metal, Tresoldi skillfully represents human form through well-executed natural body language, beyond realistic facial expressions and meticulously placed creases in the clothing.
Transforming a mundane industrial material into delicately crafted three-dimensional figures, the artist manages to create artworks in which forms create volumes. Feelings serve as the real protagonists of the narrative – Edoardo develops a story or a character and concretizes them through the creation of the sculpture.
L I F T at the Secret Garden Party
Tresoldi’s large-scale architectural installations – such as Incipit and L I F T – are especially captivating and mesmerizing.
Incipit is an architecturally-inspired towering installation built in the scenic city of Marina di Camerota, as a part of a local festival Meeting del Mare 2015. Composed of eight columns joined together by semicircular arches, the sculpture is shaped from wire mesh, radiating translucence and serenity. The thin wire, with its countless tiny squares, makes the artist’s massive creation mostly see through. Against the blue sky, Incipit appears as an ethereal, almost ghostly form. At its very top, a flock of embedded wire birds, in a perpetual stance of flight, are reaching for the sky.
Incipit in Camerota, Italy
In 2015, Edoardo’s collaborated with street artist Gonzalo Borondo creating Chained, a piece that combines a mural and wire mesh sculpture depicting a man climbing out of a wall, transitioning from a 2D mural to a 3D sculpture. The piece was created for the art event organized by Wunderkammern Gallery who invited nine important urban artists to create outdoor installations in the city of Milan.
Control for Animal – Borondo exhibition
The artist had another collaboration with Borondo. He participated in the Animal exhibition, and for the occasion, he produced a monumental installation seen in the picture above. Later, Edoardo Tresoldi unveiled his first ever limited edition of studio-made sculptures entitled Reason, featuring a stunning wire-mesh based bird.
Reason, limited edition sculptures
Edoardo Tresoldi is currently based in Rome, Italy.
Featured image – photo credit Chiara Grioni
Other images copyright © the artist