Piazza Sebastiano Satta, Nuoro

Visualizza la sezione: Piazza Sebastiano Satta, Nuoro
Visualizza la sezione: Piazza Sebastiano Satta, Nuoro

The square that bears the name of Sebastiano Satta, located at the intersection between Corso Garibaldi and the “San Pietro” district, was designed by the artist Costantino Nivola from Orani in the mid-1960s (1965-1967), on assignment for the Municipality and the Burial Committee to pay homage to the poet -jurist from Nuoro.

The square, which was previously named “Piazza Plebiscito” and used as a hardstand, was designated to honor the poet from Barbagia and Nuoro, who died in 1914 and who had already been dedicated the (unfortunately later damaged) monument designed by Francesco Ciusa in 1931 and placed on the Colle di Sant’Onofrio. When Nivola received the commission, he had been living in the United States for over twenty years and had gained an extensive experience in public art thanks to his collaborations with the main Modernist architectures, including Le Corbusier and Eero Saarinen. Nivola’s work was not only original and anti-rhetorical, but also enhanced the geographical and cultural features of the inland that were symbolically embodied by the poet and immortalized in his verses.

After the demolition of some of the buildings overlooking the square, some others - including Satta’s house, which features a commemorative plaque - were painted white. Large blocks of granite were used to pave the area, whereas other raw block were placed vertically over the entire surface to keep some bronze statues of "Bustianu" in his private or professional life, in some special niches, where the small artifacts can be easily admired, also thanks to some geometric seats designed by Nivola that serve as pedestals.

The technical advice of the American architects Richard and Carl Stein and the consultations with Gavino Pau, Romano Ruju, Pietro Mastino and Raffaello Marchi led to an end result that is incredibly spacious and light, despite the considerable (and symbolic) "weight" of the material (taken from Monte Ortobene), and, unlike most monuments, non-static, by virtue of the irregular planimetry of the square and of the several streets that lead to the square, which provide visitors and locals that pass by a singular perceptual experience.


Short bibliography

  • S. NAITZA, Una piazza per un poeta, Nuoro, Ilisso, 1987;
    • F. MASALA, Architettura dall’Unità d’Italia alla fine del ‘900, Nuoro, Ilisso, 2001