Discourse [14.4446, 35.9148]: Palazzo Parisio

After its Discourse with the park, I have brought the project with me to my home island, Malta. It’s first stop was Palazzo Parisio, built in the 18th century by the Portuguese grandmaster Manoel de Vilhena. It was built as a hunting lodge in 1733, and was used as a summer or permanent residence, barracks and a college, before being acquired by the Marquis Scicluna in 1898.

I have chosen the extravagant ballroom as a location for the ring shaped mirror installation as this space is also relevant to me on a personal level. My late grandfather John Briffa, who worked as a decorator specializing on gilding, worked on this location for many years.