Rome, September 20, 2023 - As part of the event “Between Art and Ingenuity”, today at its headquarters in Rome, the MAIRE Foundation is presenting the finalist works of the contest “Second Life, Coming Back”, a project now in its second year and promoted by Alia Multiutility Toscana together with the MAIRE Foundation.
The MAIRE FOUNDATION, inaugurated in late 2021, fosters the preservation and knowledge of the MAIRE Group's archival heritage and supports the training of tomorrow’s young talents and humanist engineers who can contribute to the energy and digital transition of the future. Through art and culture, the Foundation implements projects for training and to combat educational poverty together with schools, universities and the third sector.
It is in this context that the partnership of “Second Life, Coming Back” was formed, a project that has welcomed the participation of about two hundred Italian artists, all under the age of thirty, in its two editions overseen by Professor Marco Meneguzzo. The 30 finalist works of the 2023 second edition, selected by a highly qualified jury composed of representatives from the main Tuscan cultural institutions, help us reflect upon how important our daily actions are in respecting the environment and giving a second life to material things by observing the rule of the 4Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover. These are themes at the heart of the sustainability and business strategies of the entire MAIRE Group.
An honorable mention goes to Federico Ferroni's work “Decay”, constructed on sheets of iron, whose “impactful material solidity perfectly represents the overall vision, urgency for intervention in the area of sustainability and valorization of reclaimed materials, so closely aligned with the actions of the MAIRE Foundation”.
Fabrizio Di Amato, Chairman of both the Foundation and the MAIRE Group: “The Foundation and the MAIRE Group are opening the doors of one of their Rome offices to welcome and celebrate the talent of the next generation. We reward young people with talent in artistic disciplines for their ability to interpret the present and the future, and we are dedicated to the training of "humanist engineers" who will focus their attention on a multidisciplinary approach, professionals who know how to lead the energy, digital and technological transition in a way that is effective, economically sustainable and respectful of people, culture and the environment” .