The La Foce Estate, in the Tuscan countryside south of Siena, was revived and transformed in the first half of the last century by Iris and Antonio Origo, and now consists of 3,500 acres of farmland and gardens, dotted with farm houses and rental properties. The focal point of the estate is the 15th century villa restored by the Origo family, and the surrounding formal garden, designed by the british architect Cecil Pinsent in the 1920's, is said to be one of the finest 20C gardens in Italy.
The brief was to provide solar power for the estate with an installation that was in harmony with the high aesthetic that prevails throughout. Steven Scott's first design was a round solar installation in a then unused south sloping field. The shape referred to the round bronze shields of the Etruscans - the ancient inhabitants of this landscape.