Heracles Gymnasium – Anima e Corpo II

Heracles is the name of a gym in the north-east area of Milan. It’s a popolar gym in which the idea is that you can train your body and your mind.

In 2022 they organized an exhibition where me and four colleagues were asked to customize a punching bag each, representing the dualistic nature of the athletes and men: the clash betwen apollonian and dionysian.

My punching bag represents this clash with two faces depicting the athlete, counterposed in their poses and expressions: the dionysian is furious and dynamic, the apollonian si rational and balanced.

In the other two faces of the bag there are the two tragic masks of the greek theatre: the dionysian mask is made of clashing and twisting bodies and ferocious animals, while the apollonian is made of disciplined hoplites and athletes.