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Ichwan NoorThe thinker

Ichwan Noor
Indonesia (1963)

The thinker, 2013

This figure is a clear homage to the famous Thinker by the French artist Auguste Rodin, which was cast for the first time in 1902. Apart from the scale (the original one is 2 meters high!), the difference from the original is that the Indonesian artist, Ichwan Noor, wished to dress it. Sitting like this, in one of the park’s rest areas, he might seem like any other visitor; in fact, visitors often stop at this table to rest a bit next to him.

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Ichwan Noor
Indonesia (1963)


Ichwan Noor (born in 1963) was trained at the School of Visual Art at the Indonesia Institute of the arts (ISI) in Yogyakarta. He is renowned for his captivating and fantastical sculptures involving human, animal and technological forms. Having exhibited and achieved international recognition for his three-dimensional sculptures, skillfully constructed out of a diverse range of materials, such as bronze, aluminum, stainless steel and resin, Noor has carved a unique dialectic in the genre of sculpture. Noor is known to local and international art connoisseurs thanks to his work entitled Beetle Sphere, where he changed the shape of a yellow VW Beetle car to a round one. The work was first shown at the Art Basel Hong Kong event in 2013. In 2015, the Beetle Sphere “returned” to Indonesia in an exhibition initiated in order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Ciptadana securities company. It was subsequently exhibited around the world and reproduced in different materials. It also received the award for the best work of art at the event Indonesia Art Motoring: Motion and Reflection, organized at the National Gallery in Jakarta, 2011. He is Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Yogyakarta.



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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Strada provinciale 9, 48
53019 Pievasciata - Castelnuovo Berardenga (Si)
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