This week, you get to see what Olive Groves looks like when it is transformed into a wood mount and hung up on a wall. Olive Groves depicts the unforgettable peacefulness that can be found amongst the shadows of majestic olive trees in the countryside near Ostuni, Puglia – halfway down Italy's heart-stopping stiletto.
Once you are in the grove, surrounded by these silent creatures, you forget what lies on the other side of this field – where you came from. The heat of the day brings the distinct smell of the dry, ochre-colored earth straight to your nose. If you could choke on a scent, it would be this one. The echo of your footsteps on the crackly carpet of earth and rock is lost in an air that is filled with the deafening sound of crickets and rustling leaves. You are overcome with the protective calm that is instilled by the ancient trees. You feel better in their presence, in their playful shade, sheltered from the unrelenting pugliese sun. You feel appeased in their company, touched by their wisdom, their stability and permanence. You suddenly feel closer to nature and feel a moving kinship towards those people who love their land and devote their life to preserving the cultural traditions that stem from these deeply entrenched roots.
Olive Groves depicts that memorable moment of having stepped into a precious, uniquely breathtaking and perspective-changing landscape. The mood of the moment is captured in the deep shadows cast by the olive trees – especially the two that anchor the scene in the foreground. The leaves are in mid-flicker in the breeze the day creates when it slips into late afternoon. The bench, in the middle, is inviting: Come, sit a while, be one with nature. Feel lost in time, overwhelmed by your fleeting existence, but in utter peace.
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