pictures from the article by Francesco Ranucci
This post is about an art environment in Italy, created between 1930 and 1940.
It looks as if the internet just has one primary source that describes it, i.e. the article from 1981, referred to in the documentation, written by Francesco Ranucci, descendant of the man who created the site.
Life and works
Born in the Italian community of Viterbo, Vincenzo Lucchesi (1864-1940), got a job at the court in the Palazzo di Giustizia, in nearby Rome.
In 1894 Lucchesi inherited a farm with a large area around it, kind of an estate, just outside Viterbo, a property that had been acquired by his ancestors in 1712.
In 1930, probably after Lucchesi had retired, he began transforming the wooded area near the farmstead into an art environment, painting tree trunks so that they imagined people, making lifesize puppets, adding posters with texts and creating all kinds of scenes.
The general idea behind the creative setting was to show, by depicting people and everyday scenes, the way of life in Viterbo and Rome around 1900 as Lucchesi had experienced it,
So the puppets depicted personalities such as police officers, monks, ballerinas, etc and the scenes included the gelataria (ice-cream shop), the pasticceria (pastry shop), a tobacco shop, a café etc.
Described as a cheerful man, Lucchesi likely enjoyed to welcome visitors who wanted to see the site.and up to old age he has remained active in its maintenance.
After he died on November 1, 1940, the site has fallen into decay.
The farmhouse nowadays is an ecotouristic B&B, named "La Meridiana Strada". On its website the memory of Lucchesi is kept alive.
.* Francesco Ranucci, "Vincenzo Lucchesi ed il suo Eremo", in: Bibilotheca e societá Viterbo, 1981, nr 2-3 (sept), pp 51-53
* Babeleviterbo weblog
* Costruttori di Babele website
no longer extant