October 13, 2013

Biagio Lapolla, Il giardino di spaventapasseri/The garden of scarecrows


 pictures are screenshots from the 2012 video (see documentation)

Biagio Lapolla ¹ (b. 1934) probably by tradition had one or two scarecrows in the kitchen garden of his property in the Italian community of Matera (Basilicata)


Having worked for some thirty years at a nearby company that processed grain, in 1981 he became retired.

It so happened that Lapollo then made or reconstructed some scarecrows for his vegetable garden.

This triggered him to continue doing this, but then in a creative way, garnishing the constructions in colorful clothing. Over the last thirty years this resulted in a garden with dozens of multicolored scarecrows, all made from discarded material and used clothing.



Lapolla regularly changes the arrangement of the items in the garden, which constantly provides a lively and colorful appearance, often to the delight of car drivers on the main road coming across the site.

Documentation/more pictures
* Article in website Costruttori di Babele, with pictures
* Video made in 2012 by Francesca Ferrero/Costruttori di Babele (4.01, Youtube, uploaded oct 2012)


note
¹ I would like to acknowledge that this post is based upon the information in the website Costruttori di Babele, edited ny Gabriele Mina, up to now the only internet source that has documented Lapolla's outsider environment.

Biagio Lapolla
Giardino di spaventapassen
along road 7
Matera, Basilicata, Italy
can be seen fro the road

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