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Johannes Pfeifferlimes

Johannes Pfeiffer
germany (1954)

limes, 2001
steel and marble

In Latin, the word limes indicates the border that existed between “barbarians” and Romans 2000 years ago. The contemporary border imagined by Pfeiffer for the Park, composed of 47 stainless steel rods surmounted by a white Carrara marble stone, is however very distant from the conception of a border that separates peoples and lands and brings with it the idea of prohibition, or even armed defence.
Limes is here, paradoxically, an open border in every sense: it simply distinguishes that part of the Sculpture Park cared for by man from the untouched nearby areas. The choice of materials similar to a minimalist aesthetic means that Limes relates to the surrounding forest in an organic way. Under a certain light, the steel rods seem to dematerialize, so that the white stones give the impression of floating, almost as if they were small puffs of clouds or smoke integrated into the greenery. The focal point of this installation is contained in the contrast between the closed shapes, the density and the colour of the marble, a natural material, opposed to the vertical, thin and artificial stainless steel. Limes is a rewarding work for these sculptural qualities, but also for the way in which it generates the contemplation of former borders, such as the Berlin Wall and the Great Wall of China, whose original function has been replaced, transforming them today into tourist attractions. Limes suggests that there remain many kinds of boundaries that still need to be crossed.

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Johannes Pfeiffer
germany (1954)


Born in Ulm in Germany in 1954, Johannes Pfeiffer lives and works between Turin (Italy) and Berlin (Germany). In 1980 he received an Economics and Commerce degree from Berlin’s Free University, after which he studied sculpture at the Accademia delle Belle Arti first in Rome, then Carrara, before dedicating himself, in 1985, to Land Art and environmental installations. In 1988 he moved to Turin but began to travel with increasing frequency to carry out projects in Europe and around the world. He has been awarded various prizes and scholarships in Germany. In 1991 his contribution to an aesthetic solution to address Pisa’s leaning tower was particularly appreciated by critics. Pfeiffer specializes in site-specific works of art, created specifically for the space in which they are installed: his work explores the architecture, space and nature of the site in which it is placed. A visionary artist, Johannes Pfeiffer spends long periods sailing in his yacht.



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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