Photographer Ste Murray has captured the mass concrete edifice built by artist Alberto Burri as a memorial at the hills of the Sicilian landscape.
“A 1968 earthquake claims over a hundred lives and leaves the village of Gibellina in ruins. Artist Alberto Burri is commissioned to build a memorial on the footprint of the old town, encasing the rubble and the remains in a mass concrete edifice, set amongst the rolling hills of the Sicilian landscape. The voids in this solid monument retrace the paths that the villagers once walked, and ask the visitor to consider all which has been lost.
40 years on, camera in hand, it’s a visit to remember. Questions arise on the notions of memorial and conservation. How do we remember? Is there one true method? The man-made fissures within the landscape certainly evoke memories of loss, but do they also plaster over that which has been lost? This series of images hopes to express the sense of solemnity in this space; a permanent monument to the loss in a landscape where nature has already shown it’s apathy for such structures.”—words by Ste Murray
All images © by Ste Murray, an architectural and performance photographer based between Dublin and London. As a graduate of Architecture at University College Dublin, he aims to bring an eye for detail and a project-based approach to his work. Feel free to explore more of his photographic work on his website.