Santella, one of the italian terms for shrine, is an object that toys with the idea
of sacred site, presenting in a profane and ironic way the motif, common in
many religions and mythologies, of the “world tree” or “axis mundi”, the
connection between Heaven and Earth.
A juxtaposition of
archetypical shapes and ordinary objects, Santella is a weird domestic monument that emphasizes and ritualizes gestures like
charging the phone. But don’t expect it to actually function. At best the
socket may represent a spiritual connection of some kind, because after all, as
religions teach, faith is all that matters.