Merry-go-round in the church – Valerio Berruti and Alba art

You can hear the haunting music from the street. Milling around the backstreets of Alba, it beckons curiosity and entering the church of San Domenico, one is met with a scene of astounding beauty. A merry-go-round, with fairy lights turning beneath the vaulted ceiling, arching above.

I should have known the call of that music before entering – Ludovico Einaudi. Local Langhe musician invited by local Langhe artist, Valerio Berruti, to contribute to this artwork.

A carousel. In a church. You can have a ride and the circle, the up and down of the white sparrows, takes you forward and back and around through your life. The idea is art that children can participate in but this isn’t about children defined as those of a certain age. This is really about the cyclical aspects of life – when we’re adults and when we’re children, and when the two co-exist.

It is a peaceful, almost sacred, experience, this turning on a merry-go-round. It takes me through memories, some painful, some pleasant, and hopes and ideas for the future. I see a grandfather supervise his granddaughter’s ride and child and adult both smile in wonder. If you’re here for the white truffle fair, make this a stop on your itinerary.

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