His work is an intricate mass of iron rods rising from train tracks. From a strong and apparently tamper-proof material a movement is born, it is the beginning of a transformation and a new life. Like Davide Dormino says: “DERAIL is a voluntary breakage of a preconceived scheme, a transformation that is a new beginning. DERAIL is the continuation of two parallel lines that will never meet, that rebel and fuse into an organic flow that overrides a boundary. A dead-end track is the end of two railroads that have been cut off with a clean cut. It is a barrier but also an arrival. Derailing means losing control over your own trajectory.” DERAIL comes as a result of the artist meeting the space, that specific location: the train tracks. The installation can only be enjoyed from inside of the long corridor of the Dogana. From the last windows of the space it is possible to observe this apparently lifeless artwork. The viewing from indoors shouldn’t be seen as a division between the spectator and the artwork, an impossibility to get close to the work. Instead it should be seen as a wish to have different points of view of the space and a reflection on the Dogana. The artist conceives the location as more than just a container for art, it is the contents itself, an integral part of it that completely fuses into the idea and the material that Davide Dormino has managed to mould together.


  • Title: Derail 2014
  • Creator: Davide Dormino
  • Creator Nationality: italian
  • Creator Gender: male
  • Creator Birth Place: Italy
  • Date: 2014
  • Location Created: Ex Dogana di San Lorenzo
  • Productions: Outdoor - Moving forward
  • Photographer's name: Alberto Blasetti
  • Bio: Davide Dormino was born on the 19th of June 1973: he's a sculptor and a visual artist. By drowning he expresses his research for the sculpture's design. He' always looking for new shapes developing the archaic iron's processing techniques. He also creates a conversation between other artistic expressions such as music and fashion to feed his work constantly. He faces the dimension, using any useful scale to represent his idea and to insert it in the right container. Small and big artworks, transformed materials, but adjusted to the will of interpretation of his artistic and contemporary spirit.
  • Type: environmental installation
  • External Link: https://out-door.it/davide-dormino-derail-2014/

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