Gianmaria Potenza’s Totem at Fondazione OIC in Padua


The 1st October at the “Opera Immaculate Conception” Senior Centre in Padua were installed three sculptures of the master Gianmaria Potenza: The “Totem”. These three sculptures represent an archetype, an image that has something tribal and ancestral, a point of convergence of timeless energies. They are there, close to each other like a family, quiet and majestic in the purity of their unearthly red color and their shapes. Geometric shapes such as circle, a symbol of heaven, and the square, symbol of earth, reinforce this idea of ​​universal harmony. These figures, carved or embossed, alternate and chase each other along the longitudinal course of the sculptures, highlighting the upward motion. The “Totems”, then, are sculptures full of spirituality, so that the color red emphasizes their force, turning it into an aesthetic input for those who live the centre everyday. The red comes openly in contrast with the green of nature, giving the sculpture a privileged spot within the park. The “Totems”, therefore,  combine in a wise and effective way the eternity of the concept of family and the verticality without boundaries of generative forces.