Michelangelo Pistoletto and the Third Paradise

A Third Paradise symbol is formed. Image courtesy of the Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto.

The Arts Learning Festival is seeking expressions of interest from schools to take part in the internationally-acclaimed Third Paradise program, coming to Australia for the first time.

We’re asking schools nominate a project they have implemented that focuses on cultural or environmental sustainability.

Michelangelo Pistoletto, arguably Italy’s finest contemporary artist, first wrote the Third Paradise manifesto in 2003 and developed its symbol:  a reconfiguration of the mathematical infinity symbol (see above).

Since then, the Third Paradise has been the main driving force behind Pistoletto’s work, which aims to regenerate social and community enterprise through artistic practice.

The first paradise is when humans were totally integrated with nature. The second has been created by humans – think artificial products, needs, comforts.

The Third Paradise is a conceptual artwork that represents the fusion of the first and second paradises, aiming to end the worldwide conflict between nature and the artificial.

The Arts Learning Festival wants to bring together the best and most innovative sustainability projects being run by schools across Victoria to be a part of the Third Paradise Forum, which will be held during the festival. The program is coordinated by Cittadellarte-Pistoletto Foundation.

Selected schools will be invited to participate in the Third Paradise Forum, which will inform the construction of the Third Paradise symbol at Birrarung Marr in Melbourne during the festival.

Directly related to the Third Paradise is the online community Geographies of Change.  The website is a register of projects around the world that have a focus on sustainability, or the ‘bringing about of responsible change in social systems’.  The website allows these projects to be mapped and encourages connection between sustainable projects around the world.

As a guide, these projects are informed by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  In September 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

If your school would like to become part of the Geographies of Change community, tell us about your project and how it reflects cultural and environmental sustainability.

Two projects will also be selected to be part of the annual global Geographies of Change forum.

How to get involved

Every school in Victoria has been mailed an Expression of Interest form for the Third Paradise Forum and Geographies of Change as part of a festival poster and information pack. The form needs to be emailed back to us.

If you need a new form, you can download it here. For more information, please contact us.