The Lemniscati Garden

This garden and archaeological parkland was once the home of Augustus, the first Roman emperor, and has witnessed many world changing events, beginning 800 B.C.  To name but a few: “The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire”, the beginning of Christianity and the heritage of the Great  Treasure of Jerusalem.

Since 1949 it has inhabited by a group of artists - the Convivium Romanum -  under the patronage Pio Silj di Sant’Andrea di Ussita, uncle of the current owner Bernard Anson Silj (aka DADO).

DADO, writer and storyteller, has brought a new generation of artists and storytellers to create a unique project of “a garden written like a book, and a book cultivated like a garden”. This work is called “The Garden of Lemniscati”, which tells the tales of this place, in the form of history, legend, folk tale and myth. Each tale is connected to the features, the archeological artefacts and the art installations. It is intended as a total experience, for those who visit, a mix of DADA and ZEN, where everything is wrapped in mystery and treasure hunt. Indeed the word Lemniscati is a Bronze Age moebius strip of never ending beginnings and originates on the island of Lemnos (Greece), where begins the tale “The Etruscan Song of Circular Time”.

All the stories cross this garden but reach out to the farthest corners of the earth, like songlines. Indeed this work has represented the catalyst of a bigger project to map the world by stories being run by the association  You stand on the perimeter of the Lemniscati garden, contemplating Ithaca, Camelot, Atlantis, Jerusalem, Lorelei, Avalon and the kingdom of Kush.



Some stories from “The Garden of Lemniscati”


This Lemniscati work also became the laboratory to develop the mapping the world by stories, which is now being developed by and as a legacy by artists and storytellers to help people see the world differently, to interact with and explore the world differently.