The colours of grateful


On December 14, 2019, at 10:30 AM, at via A. De Gasperi 65, a Zocco d’Erbusco, the private artwork "The colors of gratitude" by Stefano Bombardieri for the company Filmar Spa, has been inaugurated.

The name tree, in its etymology, is "the thing that produces", but also "the thing that towers". And the linguistic origin of the word, both Indo-European and Sanskrit, matches Maestro Stefano Bombardieri's artistic idea, who has created a monumental piece of art for Filmar Spa as an act of memory and gratitude for Luigi Marzoli, founder of the historic yarn company from Franciacorta.
A colorful tree that symbolizes  the work and the life of a man tied to his places and his people: green like the roots belonging to the earth, red like strength and warmth, orange like the generosity of a mature fruit and blue like the sky to which everything is destined; these are "the colors of gratitude" with which Bombardieri's namesake opera renews the gratitude towards the founder of Filmar Spa.
The artist employed almost 5000 meters of colored rope to wrap and make an ancient walnut tree symbolically immortal. A metaphorically infinite thread, just like the cotton thread Filmar has always been producing, inextricably tied to the memory of the company's father.
Over 60 years have passed since the opening of the first factory, and around 20 since the company bought the lot adjacent to via De Gasperi headquarters to expand the production area. Right on the property border, there was a majestic walnut tree which Luigi Marzoli did not want to cut down, notwithstanding its unfavorable location. In order to save the tree, even before the start of the construction site, he had a round low wall built around the tree, and people and vehicles used to pass by it when moving from one factory building to the other. Over the years, the tree continued to provide shadow to the passers-by, wonderful spring flowers and generous walnut harvests.
Everyone at the factory remembers Mr. Luigi walking under its green foliage, crashing a walnut shell under his shoe, picking it up and eating it right after, in a short break between the many things he had to do. And there where walnuts for everybody! So much so that the more experienced employees remember the flavor of Filmar walnuts to this day.
In September 2012, Luigi Marzoli passes away: it's autumn, the leaves of the walnut tree turn yellow and the tree will never bloom again in the springtime. Rationally it was just a coincidence, of course, however, the sudden death of the great tree was a symbolic circumstance that touched everybody who had met Mr. Luigi in his factory.
They say that "trees are the infinite effort of Earth to speak to the listening Sky". So today, the branches of the walnut tree are mighty colorful arms reaching out to the sky. Just like a prayer, they invoke protection and good wishes to pursue all those ideals of respect for nature, respect for our land and the human resource upon which the company has always been based. Filmar has adopted a sustainability strategy with high ethical, social and environmental standards for a long time, along all its production chain, besides investing in the business social responsibility because that is considered to be the leverage for a sustainable development of the community within which the company operates. A tight and fertile connection with the territory that results today into more occupation and support for cultural and urban renovation initiatives.
The thread tree captures every passerby with the expressive strength of its vibrant colors. It is a beating heart among the stern factory buildings.
"We believe that a company is a living being, which needs a perfectly functioning body, cured also from an aesthetic perspective in order to be presentable, but it also needs a soul which is tangible through symbolic shapes"; these are the words of Marco and Enrico Marzoli, owners of Filmar Spa. For this reason, the cultural work by Stefano Bombardieri for Filmar pushed beyond the simple turning of a natural element into a work of art, elevating the work itself to a genuine symbol of gratitude and hope.