Pleasure Garden

a listening garden
by Genevieve Lacey

Museo di Storia Naturale Faraggiana Ferrandi

Museo di Storia Naturale Faraggiana Ferrandi, Novara, Italy
22 — 24 September 2023

The first and biggest courtyard of what is now called Palazzo Faraggiana dates to the first half of the nineteenth century. It was completed after the original three palaces were fused to house the Faraggiana family. The courtyard’s main element is an antique ice-house room, made of stone and brick masonry, to preserve food during the hot season, thanks to the cooling action of ice and compressed snow collected during the winter. This artificial mound is planted with old-growing trees: magnolias, palms, and yews, producing dense shade and bird habitat in the warmer months.

The second garden courtyard at Palazzo Faraggiana hosts the Giardino Didattico, or didactic garden, opened to the public in 2008. Used since the 1700s as a green space, it is now used for educational and ecological purposes, showing a selection of local natural habitats and attracting wild animals, especially birds and insects.

The museum’s verdant courtyards look up to the magnificent duomo and campanile, designed by architect Alessandro Antonelli. The resonant Novara cathedral bells joined van Eyck’s carillon, and nesting peregrine falcons and kestrels added their voices to the other birds in the installation.

Michela Riefolo
Genevieve Lacey, Martel Ollerenshaw

Our thanks to collaborators around the world who have brought Pleasure Garden to life:

Jane Davidson and the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Australia Council for the Arts, Malgosia Fiebig, City Carillonneur of Utrecht, Toby Chadd and ABC Classics, Sheena Boughen and the Four Winds community, Music Norway, Lou Oppenheim and Circus Oz, Graham Pushee and Arts Management, Atticus Bastow, Nick Roux, Ann Lacey, Francine Tanner, Jude Gun, Steven Richardson, Nicole Newman, Fiona Blair, Damon Young, Pat Hockey, Greg Lyons, Adam Gibson, Joseph Browning, Madeleine Flynn, Tim Humphrey, Australian Performing Arts Market; Criss Canning and David Glenn of Lambley Garden; Fiona Winning, Lieven Bertels and Sydney Festival, Ed Champion and staff at Vaucluse House, Sydney Living Museums; Kara Ward, Emer Harrington, Catherine Ashton, Mark Lowrey, Lillian Desormeaux, Adele Conlin and Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne; Daniel Brine, Mark Denbigh and the team at Norfolk and Norwich Festival; Paul Forecast, Alastair Bradshaw, Tina Hammond and all at Felbrigg Hall; Suzie Curtis, Kate Robinson, Huw Humphries, Paul Keene, Sarah Hickling, Miko Malkowski and all at The Charterhouse and The Barbican; Tim Bifield, Anna Casey, Rachel Smith, Rebecca Driver, Sheila Pott and all at Salters' Yard; Michael Schneider, Patrick Schellenberg and all at Boswil; Jane Marriott, Nicola Stephenson, Trevor Nicholson and the team at Harewood; Matias Häkkinen, Sanni Antikainen and the team and community of BarokkiKuopio Early Music Festival, Kuopio; Ricciarda Belgiojoso, Corrado Beldi, Mattia Cavazzana, Chiara Gozzi, Enrico Bettinello and all at NU festival, as well as Igor Festari and the community at Museo di Storia Naturale Faraggiana Ferrandi, Novara.