Italian luxury maison Fendi is known for its passion for arts and heritage. Following its unprecedented show last year at Rome’s Trevi Fountain, Fendi is paying tribute to the Eternal City again with a contemporary art piece.

The artwork – titled Foglie di pietra by Italian artist Giuseppe Penone – is installed in Largo Goldoni. The installation enriches Largo Goldoni through its expressive strength, constitutes a great gift to art and culture, and manifests Fendi’s love for the city. This is the first contemporary artwork installed in the public space.

Foglie di pietra (Leaves of Stone, 2016)is a sculpture featuring two bronze trees – 18 metres and nine metres tall, respectively. A sculpted marble block weighing 11 tonnes sits amid the interlacing branches. The sculpture combines nature and culture, interweaving a rich dialogue between history and modernity.

It recalls the illusionism and marvel of Baroque Rome. Fragments of ruins inserted in the branches are reminiscent of the Medieval era.