Vol. 21 No. 1 (2023): Paradoxes of water
Territori dell'acqua, identità e contesti

Æssenza d'acqua. Forme d’arte e paesaggio lungo la fiumara di Tusa

Sebastiano D'urso
University of Catania
Grazia Maria Nicolosi
University of Catania

Published 2023-12-14


  • bellezza,
  • scultura,
  • natura,
  • land art,
  • consapevolezza

How to Cite

D’urso, S., Leanza, S., & Nicolosi, G. M. (2023). Æssenza d’acqua. Forme d’arte e paesaggio lungo la fiumara di Tusa. Ri-Vista. Research for Landscape Architecture, 21(1), 154–169. Retrieved from https://oaj.fupress.net/index.php/ri-vista/article/view/14117


The proposed reflections are based on the awareness of ‘being water’ and the consequences that this entails. The grapheme Æ in the title links the two words ‘absence’ and ‘essence’, both representing the concepts used here to observe a reality informed by water: the works created by Antonio Presti for the Fiumara d’Arte in Sicily. Absence as action, creation and wait; and essence as travel, catharsis and rebirth. The importance of ‘being water’ is explained by the water paradox of which essence is shown by the encounter between art and nature, and even its absence.