2010 autumn – forest of Cuma
The Cuma’s forest is 10 km large on the north-west flegrea’s coast. The Greeks arrived at the Cuma’s beach where they held the most ancient and northern colony of the Magna Grecia in 730 A.C. The settlers came with Ippocle and Megastene and they followed a bird’s flight or a cymbal noise, guided by Apollo. Cuma was a cultural centre, with urban and architectural models taken from the Greeks, that diffuse the alphabet, the rituals and the hand made products.
The Cuma’s forest today is composed of: an environment along the coast, covered by a tick Mediterranean vegetation, broom, myrtle, heather, mastic, a thousand-year old holm oak and a lacustrine environment. At the end of May, after the sunset you can watch the dance of thousands of fireflies. Along the path you can also see the ruins of Egyptian, Greek and roman civilization
"you have to put to the side your ego and become a nature’s instrument, we have to give more prominence to the nature and less to ourselves ". R. De Gregorio
The attraction and the strength of "Averno" is given by the relation, mental and historical, between nature and symbol and a long tradition that give power to its evocative strength.
”(coronide) is a circle of relations where the artworks influence and are influenced by its semantic history”. Mimmo Grasso.