Photographer's Note

This sculpture is in Parco Formentano (Parco = Park).


Parco Formentano rises on the area of the former verzée, the fruit and vegetable market which moved here from piazza Santo Stefano in 1911.
Since 1848 the area was occupied by an Austrian blockhouse built under marshal Radetzky after his comeback to Milan. A colourful corner of old Milan, the market swarmed with farmers from all parts of Lombardy who sold their local produce: cabbages from Casalpusterlengo, beans from Vigevano, figs from Brianza and so on. After a day's work, farmers used to take a snack at Bar Centrale, today's Palazzina Liberty (that built you see on the right covered by the trees). Recently (1974 to 1980) this building played an important role in the city's cultural life, when Nobel Dario Fo and his wife Franca Rame's Comune staged their plays right here.
When the market moved to via Vismara, the area was saved from property speculation and converted into a park. The original plan, drawn by architect Caccia Dominioni, was very ambitious, as it included the building of hills and very spectacular fountains. The vegetation was made up of species from the Po river basin.
The present layout, which dates back to 1969, is not so ambitious, though very successful: small mounds, a basin, a little bridge and the monument to Italian sailors fallen in World War II, made by sculptor Francesco Somaini and the sculpture you see in the photo.
Since 1987 the park is dedicated to Vittorio Formentano, founder of Avis (an association of blood donors).
The main tree species in the park are horse chestnut, maple, hornbeam, oak, plane, pine, cedar, thorntree, ginkgo, magnolia, honey locust, linden, elm, pagoda tree and a very old cedar of Lebanon.

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