Umbilico started as a small idea and, before I knew it, grew into a rather big and exciting project. It sparked from the wish for an aerial training space nearer to home. A place not just about training and rehearsing but one that could also be a little home away from home where to relax, catch up, brainstorm and just reset from the hectic routines of modern life.
Early in the “making of Umbilico” I decided that the space would also become a palpable way for me to remember my beautiful and endlessly adored late brother Umberto. Umbi was a very determined, highly principled and hard working pub owner and coupled with his humble, generous and charming nature, it truly made him one of those remarkable humans who just grow in your heart and stay there forever.
Umbi’s one, constant passion in his short but intensely lived life was flying. He held a pilots licence and flying planes was his escape, it fulfilled and exhilarated him. So I like to think that my brother and I share a love for aerials, and that this space I’ve given my all to is my opportunity to continue to keep him flying in the air and close to me.
The name Umbilico also has meanings that our clients can relate to. It evokes the navel, hence the centre of our body – “Umbilicus”. In my mother language, Italian, “bilico” means balance, what we often strive for on a trapeze, a lyra or a tight rope, for example, and generally in life. Ultimately we like to think of our ropes, the tissus and the other equipment at the space as a bit like umbilical cords that supply us with fundamental resources like energy and air and in doing so sustain and invigorate us.
So Umbi this is for you and with you.
Sempre con te, my darling brother.