This year the International Carlo Scarpa for Gardens will be dedicated to a site in Ireland shaped by an interaction of landscape, archaeology and human activities distinguished by profound underlying meanings and projecting a sense of history into a living environment with the unique features characterising this island in the far northern reaches of Europe.
The Céide Fields – from the Gaelic toponym Chéide meaning “flat-topped hill” – is an archaeological site holding the remains of a neolithic field system that was covered up over the course of many millennia by a layer of blanket bog formed through a combination of local geology, climate change and agricultural practices and that is so typical of Ireland.
Introduced and coordinated by Luigi Latini(President of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation).
The ceremony will involve the projection of the documentary film realized by the Foundation Céide Fields. 2018 International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, directed by Davide Gambinoin collaboration with Gabriele Gismondi; the reading of the Prize Motivation and the Handing-Over of the Sealdesigned by Carlo Scarpato the archaeologist Gretta Byrne, manager of the Céide Fields site (Office of Public Works), in recognition of her commitment to and care of this award-winning place.
This will be followed by speeches by representatives of various Irish public and cultural institutions – in particular, from the OPW-Office of Public Works, from the Mayo County Council, and from theIrish Embassy in Italy. Concluding this part of the ceremony, contributions from Marco Tamaro, director of the Fondazione Benetton, and representatives from national and local institutions.
The ceremony will continue with early Irish music from the Elsafty, Armstrong & Browne trio: Roisin Elsafty, voice; Ronan Browne, uilleann pipes, flutes and whistle; Siobhán Armstrong, medieval Irish harp, and will conclude with a toast.
Those attending will have the opportunity to purchase the book dedicated to the Céide Fields, award-winning site of the 2018 International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, edited by Patrizia Boschieroand Luigi Latini, together with Seamas Caulfield, published by Fondazione Benetton in Italian and English, and distributed by the publisher Antiga.