We introduce you the DEDA Project, telling how and where the name “DEDA” comes from:

labirinto- san Vitale

Floor labyrinth (1538-1545) in the Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna (547 AD).

The “Deda Project” shared art circuit was first conceived and developed in the italian city of Ravenna, that has always been a great inspirational place for many artists, just to name three of those:

Dante Alighieri the author of the Divine Comedy which is universally considered one of world literature’s greatest poems, Who spent the last period of his life in this city (1318-1321) letting himself be inspired by the Ravenna’s pine forest. His grave is located right in the city center. Lord George Byron, lover of local countess Teresa Gamba Guiccioli, who in the Ravenna period (1820-1823) gave birth to four great dramaturgical masterpieces: Caino, Marin Faliero, Sardanapalo and I due FoscariGustav Klimt who staying in Ravenna (1903) drew inspiration for his paintings from the Byzantine mosaics and after visiting the basilica of San Vitale, described with these words, the floor labyrinth to his mother:

“There is a labyrinth depicted on the floor in front of the altar: it is a path of purification that leads to the center of the temple and which makes you feel lighter when you walk along it

In the Basilica of San Vitale, indeed there’s an extraordinary mosaic representing a labyrinth, built between 1538-1545 at the foot of its presbytery. It illustrates the evolutionary path from its center, through 7 concentric spirals to the exit, where a shell indicates the arrival point, from where by turning you can admire the mosaics of the presbytery vault.

The DEDA Project, an acronym for “Dimensione Evasiva d’Arte” (evasive dimension of art), becomes an invitation to escape from the common fruitful schemes of Art, to introduce it within a new environment: your home. We think that art is a fundamental springboard for social and cultural evolution, inspiring us along the individual path towards the shell.


DEDA Project’s logo

The word DEDA also recalls the name of Daedalus: inventor of the most famous labyrinth in history, built in the palace of Knossos in Crete, and father of Icarus, who according to the myth flew beyond the maze thanks to the wings made by his father. The logo illustrates, in fact, a stylized Icarus gliding over the house.

The DEDA Project circuit, this year (2019/2020) thanks to the participation of 24 hosts, who create a circuit of “widespread art”, will bring 24 works by mostly local artists (but also national and international) to the homes with the aim of strengthening the artistic network in Ravenna which is already in turmoil, showing that the city is still a cultural hub and its inhabitants, as in the past, are aware of it.

Deda project Ravenna art sharing art project 2019

pubblic event, October 2019.

Ravenna deda project contemporary art art sharing art gallery

private event, January 2020

Currently, after three months from the start of the circuit, two public events and five private events have already been organized. Participation was copious, attracting and mixing people of different ages, backgrounds and different interests. We are sure that this is the right humus where Culture can soar over the maze.

Before thanking you for your attention we share a phrase that is representative for the project; it is by Johann Wolfgang Goethe who, for the record, visited the Emilia Romagna region during his travel in Italy (1786-1788), but stayed in Ferrara city.  He left us this profound thought about  art:

There is no surer method of evading the world than by following Art, and no surer method of linking oneself to it than by Art.  J.W. Goethe

Thank you