Beverly Pepper e Todi
Beverly Pepper and her husband Bill were among the first, in the 1970s, to fall in love with Todi: they brought the city to worldwide attention, particularly in the United States, freeing the ancient town from its confines and contributing to its status as an elected heaven.
In 1979 the Todi Columns - one of the artist most important sculptures - were installed in the main square of the city; forty years later, in 2019, the columns returned to Parco della Rocca for a permanent open sky exhibition.
The Foundation follows closely the curation and installation of Beverly Pepper’s exhibitions, Land Art installations and art events in Italy, for the fulfillment of the artist’s intentions, poetics and concept. The intervention area promoted by the Foundation, affects a wide area of Parco della Rocca which extends from Chiesa San Fortunato through a path that includes Mastio della Rocca and the naturalistic area that links viale della Serpentina and Tempio di Santa Maria della Consolazione.
The entire project involves the installation of the sculptures Beverly Pepper donated to the city which she chose as a second house.
A detailed examination of sightlines and orographical conformation was conducted in order to identify the most suitable sites for the sculptures, according to the concept of the thematic research that the artist has always conducted: the relation with the environment, both naturalistic and urban and the integration/interaction between artwork/context/landscape.
Her sculptures illustrates Pepper’s versatility in working with a variety of industrial materials. It remains unquestionable that Pepper is, along with Louise Nevelson, Louise Bourgeois and Barbara Hepworth, inextricable as a pioneering force for women in Contemporary sculpture. Steel was and remains critical for Pepper. She has worked in milled and stainless steel, and was among the first, probably, the first to work in Cor-Ten. Later she would excel in the use of iron, both cast ductile and with welded sheets; further on she would cast bronze and carve stone, but steel occupies a noble presence in her oeuvre.