RELIQUARY – CASCIA
The project takes the form of the creation of the cascia, the wooden box containing a series of basic sculptural tools for working with wood, intended as a reliquary. Treated and crafted with extreme care, these objects emulate the fragility of the living material with which they are made. The cascia is a symbol of mastery because it materializes the time that each craftsman has dedicated to its creation through the collection of all the objects it contains, thus allowing, years later, to tell the career, character and habits of its owner through his or her personal tools. The cascia, an entirely nomadic carpentry subject to generational passages, represents a manifesto of intent on the importance of taking care of materials, as a gift, and above all, the materials of the place in which we live.
Tangible and eternal memories, dry stone walls have been one of the most significant elements of human presence for centuries, so much so that in 2018 UNESCO declared "the art of dry stonewalls" an intangible heritage of humanity. In order not to let a workforce die, it is not enough just to keep it: it is necessary to employ it, activating a cycle of production and construction of this building technique which, compared to other more contemporary methods, has a high production cost. The project takes the form of four architectural parts, forms that derive from the use of dry stonewalls and which emphasize the dissemination of this technique in a domestic environment: wall, floor, cube, stairs.