The City of Ice melts in verse. From Saturday, July 16th until Sunday, September 9th, 2016, the most symbolic places on the Marmolada will give shape to an extraordinary itinerary of words, fragments of poetry and metaphors expressing the thoughts and feelings of the men who experienced the Great War in these mountains, and those who, alas, still experience the tragedy of war today.
Chilling Words – “Parole Ghiaccianti” is the title of the show, because like war, words, too can be dangerous: they explode, shoot, burn, injure and sometimes kill. And with words we could give life to an emotional journey of memories and sensations, where verses serve as signals; they are shards, fragments of a whole which tell of suffering and fear, hope and brotherhood.
These are words and verses by authors and poets, both locals and foreigners. Content is written is several languages and reminds us that war continues to be a threat to the freedom of all people.
This is an open air exhibit that serves as a sort of preface for a visit to the Marmolada WWI Museum called Marmolada Grande Guerra 3000 m. The museum is located inside the arrival station for the Serauta cable car lift, a short walk from the Sacred Monument Area where thousands of Italian and Austrian-Hungarian soldiers faced off in extreme conditions, and not far from the legendary City of Ice that was carved out of the rock and glacier of the Marmolada.