Eliseo MattiacciThree Spheres, 2006

Biographical Notes: Cagli (PS, Italy), 1940
Material: Iron
Scale: 11.1×14.3 m
Patron: CAMUSAC and University of Cassino and Southern Lazio
Location: Outdoor parking – Folcara Campus, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio

Owner: University of Cassino and Southern Lazio


The sculpture is placed in the center of a circle drawn on the ground, delineating a limit. It consists of three iron arches, creating perpendicular trapezoids which stretch from the center to the rim’s perimeter. The vertical side of each trapezoid is placed at the center. On top of each arch, the artist placed large spheres that give this sculpture its title.

In this work, Mattiacci united his passion for astronomy with his search for a kind of sculpture that fits into urban spaces, produceing an imposing structure whose arches we can pass under like gigantic portals. In fact, the sculpture takes on an explicit symbolic meaning: the three spheres placed on top of an iron frame represent three suns, recalling the image of a temple or a large sundial casting its shadow onto the ground.