The Third Paradise

“The Third Paradise is an evolutionary transition, in which human intelligence finds a way to coexist with the intelligence of nature”.

The Third Paradise: The Labyrinth and the Well

For summer 2016, we are presenting a work by internationally-renowned Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto. The work features a labyrinth constructed from cardboard which leads to a mirror with a symbol laid out in coins.

The symbol, the infinity sign altered to add a central loop represents The Third Paradise. According to Pistoletto’s manifesto written in 2003, The Third Paradise seeks to reconcile the conflict between the first and second paradises of nature and human artifice. This conflict is leading toward global destruction but the third paradise offers a solution, a resolution that will save the planet and humanity.

What is The Third Paradise?

Michelangelo Pistoletto was a leading light of the Arte Povera movement of the 1960s but his work has rarely been shown in the UK and we’re delighted to have this opportunity.

Total Visitor Numbers: 8,212

Exhibition Visitor Comments

Like a great cross section of the human brain – a slice of mystery!

Thanks for this message of hope for a ‘new’ world.

Has inspired me to make some art. Thanks

Image Gallery

Photographs by Tom Thistlethwaite