Foligno

La Calamita Cosmica (The Cosmic Magnet)

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The "Cosmic Magnet" is a contemporary artwork by Gino de Dominicis. It's hosted at the Italian Center of Contemporary Art inside the ancient Church of the Holy Trinity. It is a sculpture representing a monumental anthropomorphic skeleton, with the exception of the bird's beak which stands out to the center of the face in place of the nose.


The Cosmic Magnet is made of fiberglass, iron and polystyrene, is 24 meters long, wide and 9 high nearly four (if stretched to the ground). The opera's origins are unknown but it is assumed that its name derives from the relationship between the skeleton ,the golden rod in his hand, which is a magnet, and marks time. However the life of Gino De Dominicis, that's the genesis of this art work, remains shrouded in mystery.
The Cosmic Magnet is situated at the ancient Church of the Holy Trinity, neoclassical architectural jewel by the genial Carlo Murena, a student in Rome of the School of Luigi Vanvitelli. The church was restorated in 2011.
Currently the space is the second pole museum of Italian Contemporary Art Center of Foligno (CIAC). Before arriving in this his final home, the Cosmic Magnet has been exposed to the MAC of Grenoble, at the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, the Vanvitelli Ancona's Mole's Duomo Piazzetta in Milan, the Palace of Versailles, the MAC's Grand Hornu Mons in Belgium and at the MAXXI in Rome.