The Fountain of the Two Suns, a sculpture by Enzo Cucchi, was inaugurated on 1 June 2017.
The name is a tribute to the city of Ancona, which boasts the rare advantage of being able to see both the sunrise and the sunset over the sea, thanks to its extraordinary elbow shape.
The work, or “creature”, as the artist prefers to call it, conveys a message of welcome. It could have been created in New York, London or anywhere else in the world where Cucchi habitually exhibits his work. But Cucchi chose a view of the sea at the centre of Italy and the Adriatic for his new work, the first installed in a port.
“When you arrive in a port, the first thing you need is rest, relief, something you can identify with”, explains Enzo Cucchi; “so I thought the ideal fountain should have a bench where people can rest and admire the sea. Then I thought about how to make it, and together we decided that the gesture should be for everyone”.
15 metres long and 4 metres wide, the Fountain of the Two Suns consists of 13 spouts of recycled fresh water and a side spout of potable water. It’s a clear reference to the Calamo Fountain in the city centre, “as if the two fountains were greeting each other”, the artist points out. The fountain is a symbol of hospitality and a further element in the reappropriation of a shared space.
Another piece in the coherent picture of renewing the port-city relationship, and evidence of an increasing focus on the reality of the international panorama.
The story of the Old Port is a journey through history with some utterly incredible places; a journey that begins with the Romans and comes to the present day with a symbol conceived by one of the most talented and acclaimed living artists of the Transavanguardia movement. The redevelopment began in 2015. The opening of the Old Port promenade was just one stage in the renewal of the seafront, which restored the relationship of people to the sea and is centred on the opening of a new – or rather, old – entrance to the city. This revolutionised accessibility for residents and tourists alike (more than 1 million in the port area alone, with cruise ships and ferries) to the most attractive area of the historic port, embellished as it is by some of the city’s most fascinating and valuable architecture.
Another outcome that benefits the port and urban area of this city, which relies on its uniqueness and attractiveness to boost its status as a tourist destination and allow the community to grow and develop further.