Lucca Biennale Cartasia


LuBiCa Outdoor was first inaugurated in 2004, as is the first section of the Biennale. A contest that is repeated every edition and which, through its art form, always mesmerizes visitors.
LuBiCa’s Outdoor section is one of event’s most distinctive features: the monumental paper and cardboard artworks (up to 6 meters or 20 feet in height) are exhibited in the city’s main squares for the two months of the event. At the end of this time, depending on the state of each artwork, the sculptures and installations are collected and moved to different exhibition venues, such as the walls of Lucca.


Some of the squares and city venues that will host and exhibit the Outdoor work include: 

Piazza S. Francesco, Piazza S. Michele, Loggiato Pretorio, Porta dei Borghi, Arco S. Girolamo, Piazza Anfiteatro, Piazza S. Frediano, Piazza Napoleone, Piazza della Cittadella, and Giardino degli Osservanti.

Every Biennale, artists create their original works inspired and guided by that edition’s theme while in residence and hosted by the city of Lucca. During the month of July, artists build their works with the support of the LUBICA technical team. Construction takes place in an atelier in the heart of the historical center using paper and cardboard produced in the surrounding territory. Being able to work side by side during the residency with other artists is undoubtedly one of the richest and most fulfilling experiences of creating and learning about Paper Art.



Following an international competition, the selected international artists are welcomed to Lucca to create their monumental cardboard sculptures while in residence. Creativity and inspiration permeate the workshop where artists bring to life their monumental sculptures. Not an easy task, but every edition showcases astonishing artworks.


What does a white page represent?
Endless possibilities. A different future, a dream that can come true, an ambition, a different perspective, an alternative to daily routine. A blank page gives us the feeling of being able to sketch out a new, different, better world.
At the same time, a white piece of paper can represent the anxiety of it all, the negative possibilities, the unexpected implications and a leap in the dark. An inability to act.

It is a bridge between the past and the future, it is an opportunity for free writing or the anguish of the unknown, it is the courage of making a choice or the loss of one’s comfort zone.