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The statue
A MASTERPIECE OF ITALIAN ART TO CELEBRATE THE SAINT’S PREACH

The Statue

A MASTERPIECE OF ITALIAN ART TO CELEBRATE THE SAINT’S PREACH

The artwork’s name is “GO AND FILL THE SKY WITH CHANTS” and the artist’s name is Antonio Luigi De Paoli from Pavia. He won the International Contest “Place of St. Francis’ Preach to the birds”, held by Cannara’s Parish in 2017. The statue will be 180cm high (till head), 70cm large and 80cm wide. Its arms will achieve 205cm hight and 115cm width.

The artist and his idea

Antonio thought of an ecstatic San Francesco that in tiptoe lets two birds fly as if at that moment he would be on the verge of losing gravity and surging from the ground to help the birds fly towards the four cardinal directions. The birds become an element to communicate with God and spread his evangelic message of love to the world. The up-in-the-air arms represent a symbolic hug with creation. The lark on the right hand seems to comprehend the message is ready to fly towards the blue sky. Another bird touches the robe. In the so-called “sirocchie uccelli” Francis saw an example of ease and humbleness for him and his friars

The pose of the statue

The statue will be clung to a proper base that will ensure the security and stability of the artwork.
Moreover, the base will be covered by soil and grass, hence not visible and fully integrated with nature.


We have a dream AN OUTDOORS SHRINE DEVOTED TO ST. FRANCIS AND HIS PREACH

We have a dream

AN OUTDOORS SHRINE
DEVOTED TO ST. FRANCIS
AND HIS PREACH

Let’s make valuable this amazing place: the dream is to create a bronze statue and a stone altar to celebrate religious rituals or simply take a breath and admire the beauty of nature.
In Piandarca is already been built an enormous natural TAU, illuminated by soft light at night.

Help us to enhance Piandarca
and make it accessible
to devoted pilgrims and lovers
of Beauty and Creation.

“The Preach’s Path”

In this area, where at present rises the big TAU, we want to build the “stone altar” and the Saint’s statue.

A pedestrian and cycling route, that chains Assisi, Santa Maria Degli Angeli and Cannara

Specially designed with signs and geo-references, the path links Superior Basilica of Assisi, St. Francis’ Woods, Piandarca and its historical path.
The 15 – km Itinerary ideally reunites Giotto’s painting of the Preach to the area where the magic took place.

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The preach to the birds
ST. FRANCIS IN PIANDARCA

The preach to the birds

ST. FRANCIS IN PIANDARCA

This famous event “one of the kindest and holy…that faith and poetry remember” (A. Fortini, Vita Nova of St. Francis). It has inspired universal geniuses, painters and musicians: the most famous piece of the cycle of paintings regarding St. Francis’ life in the Superior Basilica of Assisi.
Also, Benozzo Gozzoli’s expertise has represented the Preach in the church of St. Francis in Montefalco.
“The Chant and the floating of the birds” was poetically celebrated by Hungarian compositor Franz Listz, who asked the Sanit to forgive him for having depleted the original text.

Piandarca is alive evidence of Franciscan fraternity’s origins and valuable heritage of Umbria’s tradition. It has preserved the Franciscan message of harmony with the creation: a universal value that belongs to the entire world.

E passando oltre con quello fervore, levò gli occhi, e vide alquanti arbori allato alla via, in su’ quali era quasi infinita moltitudine di uccelli; di che Santo Francesco si meravigliò e disse ai suoi compagni: Voi m’aspetterete qui nella via, e io andrò a predicare alle mie sirocchie uccelli; e entrò nel campo, e cominciò a predicare…”


A unique place
PIANDARCA, "HISTORICAL PATH"

The wonderful place where St. Francis preached to the birds

Piandarca is a natural area of around 40 acres placed in Umbria (Italy’s green heart), in Cannara’s municipality. Its toponym has an ancient history, its first appearances are in documents from 1200. Piandarca is a flat strip of land, surrounded by a silent and unspoiled landscape. A singular 360-degrees view allows to admire the encircling hilltop towns without any difficulty. This is a gorgeous piece of the scenery of enormous historical value. Indeed it’s known to have hosted one of the most famous moments of st. Francis’ life: The Preach To The Birds.

The ‘historical path’, bordered by green patches of native trees, is about 2 kilometres long. A secular tradition shows this to be the one travelled by the most loved Saint in the spring of 1221, after the preach to the people of Cannara and the first idea of the Third Order of Continents (today Francis’ Secular Order ). He went towards Bevagna and here, walking down the track, a flock of birds took his attention. The Saint, amazed by this splendid scene was inspired and composed the famous Preach, that represented the most poetic moment of his life. (Fioretti, ch.XVI).


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TO ACHIEVE
PIANDARCA’S DREAM

An outdoors shrine devoted to St. Francis and his Preach

Contribute to making the dream of many come true. The funds received will be collected by Cannara’s Parish. Donations will be used for the construction of the statue, of the celebratory altar, for the arrangement of all the areas that determine the outdoor sanctuary, in addition to the maintenance of the site in the next 5 years.

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Reason for transfer: Donation for the construction of the Open Air Sanctuary in Piandarca, dedicated to St. Francis.

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IT 38 G030 6909 6061 0000 0170 130

Causale: Donazione per realizzazione  Santuario all’Aperto a Piandarca, dedicato a San Francesco.

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Tax Deduction

The donation can be pruned as a tax return according to the indications given in the appropriate section of the site

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