A Subtle Metamorphosis of the Istrian Landscape

by Tanja Simonič Korošak

“…I stopped above the ruins on a gently sloped hill surrounded on all sides by a beautiful panorama. Even today, when I stand on this same spot and look at the seashore with the setting sun and the islands, or at  the opposite side, where the rich red soil blends with the green of the cypresses and the undulating slopes, I am not sure which side attracts me more…” (Argan, 1981). 

This is how Croatian sculptor Dušan Džamonja (1928–2009) described his first encounter with the remains of an old house and the enchanting view across the gently undulating Istrian landscape and the Vrsar archipelago.

Photo: Tanja Simonič Korošak

Photo: Tanja Simonič Korošak

Photo: Tanja Simonič Korošak

 

The complete article is published in Autumn 2015 issue of Piranesi No. 36/Vol. 23.

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