Message Prof. Riccardo Varaldo, President of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa

Message Prof. Riccardo Varaldo, President of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
School for Upper University Studies and Specialization, Pisa

The President of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Riccardo Varaldo, on behalf of the Institutions wishes to express satisfaction for the high acknowledgement obtained by the artist Anna Chromy, almost Tuscan by adoption, who has been invited to exhibit her works in Place Vendôme in Paris. The Bohemian artist’s new recognition confirms the far-sightedness of the Former Student’s Association in donating the Scuola one of her sculptures entitled Sisyphus 2004, which has been placed in the university garden. The openness to all innovations, one of main features of the Scuola, has become part of Anna Chromy’s art. Her creation Sisyphus 2004 is clear evidence of it. Sisyphus is no longer alone in bearing the punishment inflicted by the gods for having dared to deceive death itself, he shares the burden in profound solidarity with another two creatures. The wheels the figures are pedaling on become a symbol of a voyage towards the unknown which is not, contrary to the myth, devoid of all hope.

By the same token, the continuous and incessant push towards unknown destinations can represent an encouragement to the students of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna as they pass daily in front of the statue and appreciate its beauty. The three creatures’ common toil can be compared to the student’s great effort who, together with lecturers and tutors, endeavour to reach not unknown ends but attain knowledge which, just like Sisyphus’ labour, is an endless task requiring constant care, continuous enthusiasm and steadfast will. Unlike Sisyphus, however, the students of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna are fully aware of their future goals: the challenges of knowledge and research need ever greater efforts to meet success and produce a prosperous future.

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