The project

Voli d’arte is the project of a journey on the wings of creativity in the area of Lucca. The traditional promotional messages are undoubtely useful to describe such a complex and rich region but the contribution of the arts represents an undeniable surplus, able to improve the perception of this area as a place where the wellbeing balances between history, art and culture. The documentary makes a flight, through a tale of images, travelling in the physical as well as in the creative dimension, with those who actually realise art in Lucca.

The territory of Lucca, with its scents of oil and wine, with its strong and refined tastes, with its soft shapes and the opulent nature has always attracted painters, writers, sculptors, musicians who, in this land, have found nourishment for their arts, a fertile place of suggestions and incentives. Scholars such as Petroni, Quasimodo, Ungaretti, Tobino visited the city of Lucca enriching it with their sensibilities and enriching themselves as well with the local history and culture. Musicians like Boccherini, Catalani and Puccini wrote their works surrounded by the green of the hills, the orange of the XVI Century walls, the white of the romanic marbles. Artists such as Botero, Folon and Yasuda created a deep dialogue with the local craftsmen to shape their works blowing in them the vital essence of this land.

Lucca became unaware an art source due to its natural attitude to the reception, which has sometimes been neglected but never truly forgotten, due to the presence of incredibly gifted craftmanships- the sculptors and the casters of Pietrasantino, the plasterers of Lucca and the “figurinai” of the Valle del Serchio.

And this is the deep desire which lies beneath the project Voli d’Arte: it’s the will to give back to the territory of Lucca the awareness of its inextinguishable nature of womb. Why choosing Lucca? Why wanting to leave part of oneself to this land? These are the themes that Voli d’Arte wants to investigate through the documentary. The three artists that have been involved become the witnesses of their own condition of citizens and at the same time bridges between Lucca and the rest of the world. This tale is an intimate conversation between the human being and the land, an ancient dialogue on the coexistance of cultures, a personal confession on the mixture of incentives and emotions which have flourished from this humus.

Inger Sannes

Inger is Norwegian, lives in Stockholm, and since May 2000 spends most of her time in Pietrasanta, Italy carving in marble at Studio Sem.

Within the recent years she received several international commissions and funds: The Swedish State Art Fund for the project “7 artists in Cava Querciola, Carrara June 2011”, Creation of the Oslo Innovation Award for the City of Oslo (2008-2014), the 4m high monument ELEMENTS at Christopher Newport University, Virginia, USA (2009).

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Karen Wilberding Diefenbach

Wilberding Diefenbach is an American artist that has exhibited in both the USA and Italy, most recently at the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco (2012) and The Aria Art Gallery in Florence, Italy (2010) and at Barbara Mathes Gallery in New York City (2014).

Her life-sized sculptures were selected for an outdoor installation in conjunction with the Arezzo Art Biennale – Icastica in 2013. The installation in Arezzo was such a success that the City of Arezzo has decided to keep the sculptures permanently on the medieval walls.

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Kathleen Dunne

Kathleen Dunne is an American painter. For fifteen years Dunne exhibited at Vorpal Gallery in San Francisco, CA and Soho, NY. After moving to Italy in 2002 her exhibitions include the Bleanchaert Gallery in Milan, Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina in Pisa, the American Consulate in Florence, Marriscourt Gallery in Oxford, UK and Tiburon Fine Art in San Francisco, CA.

Her paintings have been collected by the American Consulate in Florence and many corporations such as Banque Paribas, Genesis Entertainment, Pacific Enterprises and California Communication, Inc.

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Voli d'Arte

Marcantonio Lunardi

director of photography
Ilaria Sabbatini


Kathleen Dunne
Karen Wilberding Diefenbach
Inger Sannes


Naima Fornaci
Antonella Gemignani


Giulia Negrello


Sound engineers:

Flavio Innocenti
Giovanni Ghezzi
Luca Matteucci

Redroom Recording Studio (Pisa)



Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca

in collaboration with

Fondazione Centro Studi Ragghianti

Aeroporto di Capannori S.p.A.

Bonaldi Marisa

Special Thanks

Studio SEM - Pietrasanta - LU

Colin Tweedy and Campbell Gray

Scuola di Volo Endrio Ceccarelli - Lucca

Salvatore Castiglione
Eugenio Baronti
Giorgio Giorgi
Giacomo Bini
Giacomo Verde
Giuseppe Caniparoli
Antonella Conti
Anna Sabbatini

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