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Dolorosa SinagaFaith and illusion

Dolorosa Sinaga
Indonesia (1952)

Faith and illusion, 2001
iron rods

The social condition of women is a recurring motif in Sinaga’s art, investigated through joyful dancers or, as in the case of the Park, through tense figures tortured by pain.
The central figure here appears imprisoned in an oppressive structure with the features of a cage, whose iron bars close menacingly: this image appears like a painting of human misery and desperation.
Faith and Illusion represents progress according to the Indonesian artist’s point of view, where progress, despite being good for society, always involves a cost: the harmful effects it can have on the social and human fabric in certain segments of the population.
The iron rods used for the sculpture is a clear reference to the negative idea that the artist has of modern technology and a connection between this and the idea of humanity’s progress. In the space specifically chosen by the artist, not far from the path through the park, the sculpture creates an evocative spectacle in a context framed by the lush richness of the surrounding nature. The contrast in colour between the green of the trees towering majestically above the forlorn iron figure and the light shining across the scene gives this sculpture an almost theatrical presence that adds to the drama of its subject.
Dolorosa Sinaga spent three weeks in Chianti when she worked on the creation of the work.

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Dolorosa Sinaga
Indonesia (1952)


Dolorosa Sinaga is the most important Indonesian sculptor, feminist and human rights activist. She was born in 1952 in Sibolga, Batak province, Indonesia. She graduated from The Jakarta Arts Institute in 1977 and then continued her studies in art, sculpture and bronze casting in London, England at the Martin’s School of Art, at the San Francisco Art Institute and at the University of Maryland in the USA. During her formative years she also visited Italy and other European countries, being particularly influenced by the work of Alberto Giacometti. Having returned to Indonesia, she founded the Somalaing Art Studio in 1987, before taking on the role of principal of the Jakarta Arts Institute from 1992 to 2001.
Her subjects are faith, hope, illusion, crisis, solidarity, multicultural tensions and the fight of women against violence. She received numerous awards for her work in Indonesia and in the year 2000 she became a member of the rectorate of the “Institut Kesenian”. One of her main intentions is to describe female experiences and the condition of women. Many of her sculptures portray the female body.



By paved road from Siena, take the SP408 to Ponte a Bozzone. Turn left at the church and follow the signs for Pievasciata / Sculpture Park. We are about 15 km from Siena.


The walk round the Park is about 1,5 km and it is suitable for baby buggies and wheelchair users. Upon request we offer a tour of the Park in an electric buggy for those with mobility issues. Contact us for further information.


Open every day (including Sundays and holidays) from 10am to 6pm. Last entry one hour before closing.

Tickets: €10 adults | € 5 reduced – under 18 yrs | Free 0-4 yrs

Booking is not necessary. The Chianti Sculpture Park APP – available for free on Apple Store and Google Play Store – is an excellent audio guide!


Groups of more than 12 people are asked to book entry in advance, to facilitate organisation.

Guided tours are available in Italian and English upon reservation.


The visit to the Park lasts an hour and a half on average and it is absolutely suitable for children! Our four-legged friends are welcome providing they are kept on a lead and any ‘deposits’ are removed! The park does not have a restaurant, but we will be happy to recommend some restaurants that can be reached by car in a few minutes. A picnic area is available.

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