Ponte San Vigilio is a bridge, a piece of “art in nature”, designed and built between 2007 and 2008 by the artist Giuliano Mauri. This wondrous structure is situated in the woods of Padernello, stretching across the Savarona stream. The bridge, 50 metres long, is made entirely of chestnut wood: parallel trunks form the boardwalk which is topped by an arch of meshed branches, evoking a surreal tunnel.
In Padernello I had the opportunity to restore an ancient Roman road which once connected the Castle to the village. That road had been completely covered by the woods. I could not restore something by erasing what had grown in its place with the passing time. I decided to build an elevated boardwalk over the ancient road in order to preserve the trees below. This is the concept of historical respect I have in mind.
Giuliano Mauri was born in Lodi Vecchio (Lombardy) in 1938.
He is renowned for his marvellous architectural works with natural elements, weaving trunks and branches and creating inspirational structures such as the Ponte San Vigilio in Padernello, his last work of art.
Giuliano Mauri died the 29th May 2009 in Lodi.