MOMENTS W/ THE LADDER CLOUD THING
TEMPIO DEL VALADIER, GENGA
THE ARTIST | THE LADDER CLOUD THING
The Ladder Cloud Thing is a project of sound experimentation of ambient music formed by two Roman musicians, Michele di Martino and Filippo Nardini. Their creative approach is totally based on the perception and internalisation of emotions. Ethereal sounds and fleeting voices are the strong point of their creations, aimed at creating an emotional transport and a moment of reflection. Nature and places of origin are another important element in their music production, recurring in field recordings and spoken words.
THE LOCATION | GENGA
The hermitage of Santa Maria Infra Saxa (1029) rises in Genga, in the Marche region, in the same cavity in which the neoclassical Temple of Valadier is located. It is completely inserted in the cave. It is an octagonal building in local travertine, covered by a lead roof, commissioned by Pope Leo XII (born in the castle of Genga), and completed by 1828. The design of the elegant temple is commonly referred to the architect Giuseppe Valadier, but recent research has clarified the true history of the construction, defining its chronology and correcting the attribution. In fact, the temple was commissioned by the then Cardinal Annibale della Genga as early as 1817, and the project is due to the subsequent interventions of the architects Tommaso Zappati and Pietro Ghinelli. Inside the temple is a copy of the marble statue of the Madonna and Child from the workshop of Antonio Canova (the original is kept in the Genga Museum. Art, history and territory).