Gibellina Nuova - Not even art could heal

In January 1968 Gibellina Vecchia was totally destroyed
by an earthquake. Instead of rebuilding the city, a new town was built 9 kilometers west for the residents. The planning of the new city was untypical for the Sicilian region. The narrow streets of the old city were replaced by sprawling streets with public places. Two-storey terraced houses with garages and small front gardens were built. Architects and Artists from all over the world donated their art and spreaded it all over the city. Today it is the place with the highest density of contemporary art in Italy.

City, monument or cemetery?

But the city was never completed. Only a fraction of the old population settled in the new city. Many buildings were either never completed or left empty after completion. Even art could not save the city from decay...



_MG_1034 _MG_1045 _MG_1050 _MG_1052 _MG_1056 _MG_1058 _MG_1061 _MG_1071 _MG_1072 _MG_1074 _MG_1079 _MG_1081 _MG_1082 _MG_1084 _MG_1092 _MG_1097_MG_1099-2 _MG_1100 _MG_1103 _MG_1106 _MG_1118-2 _MG_1119 _MG_1123 _MG_1124_MG_0989 _MG_0995 _MG_1001