Giuseppe Amato | Artist | Nautoscopio 's Industrial Designer
Nautoscopio is an observatory-house to frame the landscape.
Like the Frank Lloyd Wright’s structure in Taliesin hanging from a vertical beam seemed dangling in space, this "aerial" house, could revolve round a metal tree.
The outcome is a project of a large room, a cavern with a wide opening outwards. Due to the limits of lifting up a whole house by hand, the lifting gear is like a big balancing weight placed inside the tree. So that it's possible to lift up people just using a winder. Nautoscopio can be raised by hand 15 mt. from the ground and revolves at 360° using ropes and a winch. It's 32 mt. high at the tree top and defines a 40 mt. circle with the two antennas. It may accommodate six people, water, caboose and cables for maximum load of 600 kilos.
The inside space is an 8 mt. equilateral triangle.
The equipped peaks and bunks are below the floor. The house structure is in aeronautical birch, the joints in aeronautical aluminum, the interiors in oak obtained from plants that died of old age, or else going to stake. Designed by Giuseppe Amato and inspired to Frank Lloyd Wright, NAUTOSCOPIO means: Instrument with a Shape of a Boat to Observe the landscape
From July 13 to Dec 13 2009 this aerial structure, rises in the Palermo’s Harbor area named Foro Italico with the Patronage of the Port Authority of Palermo, the Region Sicily, The Municipal Council board of Tourism and Culture and the Province of Palermo.
Nautoscopio is the 1° of the series "UNEXPECTED HOMES” conceived by Giuseppe Amato. http://www.internimagazine.it/Dynamic/ListItems,intCategoryID,32,intItemID,47,intLangID,2.html (www.giuseppeamato.it)
With the idea of being both a Public Art Installation and an OnlineProject to host in its interior selected luminaries, artists, architects, designers, musicians, scientists, professors to perform or just having conversations about Art, Science, Music, Environment, etc.
The whole project works as a temporary hub for the community sharing the results of these Talks, Meetings and Performances.
Nautoscopio is an online observatory house.
The 1st city to welcome the Nautoscopio House until December 2009 will be Palermo, in Italy.
The 2nd will be Istanbul in 2010 as a crossover of different cultures such as Sicily was in the Past and still is in the Present.
An aerial venue and a mobile ‘think-tank especially suited to develop new ideas as well as to produce knowledge, the structure has the ability to scan the horizon at 360 degree, the possibility to raise and stand it above the city level, combined with the boat-like interior and exterior design, make a space uniquely designed to ‘go beyond’ and explore the frontiers of scientific research. Artists and Scientists can spend a day inside the Nautoscopio to find inspiration about their current challenges and then share with the public.
Attending various Protagonists from1st Viola at La Scala in Milan Danilo Rossi to the etoile Eleonora Abbagnato as well as the singer Rosalia de Souza or Rob Rutman and his steel cello, the Website raised from the experience produces cultural contents and selects the best website and video from the web to entertain 24/7 in an unseen format.
Nautoscopio is meant to host weekly in its interior selected luminaries, Artists, Designers, Architects to have Conversations around the theme Good News for the Future, as well as Actors with a monologue, Musicians playing a Bach’s Suite for Cello Solo, Outsiders and Thinkers. The whole project works as a WebTv for the community allowed to see the Nautoscopio Talks On Demand in broadcast streaming and permanently in the web archive data.
This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.