Cretto di Burri

Coordinates: 37°47′17″N 12°58′17″E / 37.788081°N 12.971284°E / 37.788081; 12.971284
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37°47′17″N 12°58′17″E / 37.788081°N 12.971284°E / 37.788081; 12.971284

Il Grande Cretto
ArtistAlberto Burri
TypeConcrete sculpture
Dimensions1.50 m × 350 m × 280 m (4.9 ft × 1,150 ft × 920 ft)
LocationGibellina, Sicily

The Cretto di Burri (crack of Burri) or Cretto di Gibellina (crack of Gibellina), also known as "Il Grande Cretto (The Great Crack)", is a landscape artwork undertaken by Alberto Burri in 1984 and left unfinished in 1989 (due to lack of funds),[1][2] based on the old city of Gibellina. The original city of Gibellina was completely destroyed in the 1968 Belice earthquake.[3] Gibellina has since been rebuilt, about 20 km from the city's original location. In 2015, to mark what would have been Burri's one hundredth birthday, the work was finally completed.[4]

The Cretto is also the subject of the theatrical show "I-TIGI a Gibellina" and its video transposition "I-TIGI Canto per Ustica" by the Italian stage actor, theater director, dramaturge and author Marco Paolini. Shot entirely within the Cretto di Burri in the year 2000, it's the story of the DC9 ITAVIA, which sank in the waters of Ustica in June 1980, and the reconstruction of the long investigation conducted by the Italian judge Rosario Priore. The author declared that he choose the Cretto because "it is a sort of concrete labyrinth, which, seen from above, is similar to the maze of lies in which the judges had to orient themselves to find the thread of the investigation".[5]


  1. ^ "Iniziative Centenario Burri, eventi Fondazione Burri - Burri Centenario della nascita, eventi, e celebrazioni dell'artista". Archived from the original on 2014-10-31. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  2. ^ "SicilyArt >> Gibellina - the Cretto".
  3. ^ "Gibellina 1968: Il Grande Cretto di Burri - Palinsesti". Archived from the original on 2015-04-19. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  4. ^ "In Gibellina the Cretto by Burri is finished (After 30 years)". 6 November 2015.
  5. ^ "I-Tigi a Gibellina".