Out of depression or The Negative Island.
Depression - as far as I can understand it - sends you to your own, interior island, all dark and hopeless.
To get to this island, you fall.
This island is closest than the corner of this very room, however it is the farthest island possible.
The Island has smooth, transparent, inverse walls. Concrete. You are completely isolated. Alone. The flow of life goes on around you, but has no meaning and brings no joy anymore.
After ages of darkness you notice some faint light up above, and with infinite patience you start to climb stairs, cross obscure labyrinths, jump above black pits and walk up, always up, along endless corridors and step after step the faint light grows somehow brighter and brighter and ooops, all of a sudden here you are, you feel again the breeze and the sun and the Negative Island is smaller and smaller and finally you are Out of Depression.
…art expresses sentiments, and if architecture is not art, than what it is?
A brief film by Stefan _Davidovici and Michele Favale about the extraordinary experience of sketching while climbing is available on youtube. Drawing is about understanding and reflecting through your own mind, eye and hand the reality around you. Nowhere is sketching more natural than on the alpine rock walls, amazing cathedral-like spaces that the climber perceives with the whole body.
Thanks to Michele Favale and his drone for trying to capture some of these amazing moments; to fellow climbers Claudio Sormani, Valentina De Felice and Federico Montagna for gently accepting the weird idea of me sketching while climbing together; and to Giovanni Pesce for the discussion that started all of this.
The mountains are different. They get us into the sky. They are tough. They are real. In the mountains, you are real too.
Climbing is the most extraordinary way of experiencing the mountains. The feeling of space around you is matchless.