It could not be anything but steel for a sculpture that welcomes whomever enters Terni coming from the ring road around Terni. A sculpture immediately accepted by the people of Terni even if by some considered the representation of a dove of peace. Hyperion is instead the name given to the sculpture dated 1981. Hyperion like the Titan, the giant God who self-generated, the imagination of the power, of the solidity and all the other prerogatives which befit a divinity.
One of the works of Agapito Miniucchi, a sculptor who comes from the Province of Rieti (Rocca Sinibalda which has collected some works in the museum named after him) and Umbrian by adoption. Hi is self-taught, seeing as he is a medical doctor by profession.As is the titan Hyperion this defines Miniucchi' s work, solid (measuring four by eleven metres), but at the same time agile, realised in a material that is the "soul" of Terni, a special steel (in this specific case corten) and explicit message of the two characteristic features of Terni: technology and industriousness.
Positioned in the centre of a large roundabout, at the interchange of two large entrance roads to the city of Terni, it offers the traveller the business card of a city which is modern, dynamic, industrious and technological. It is the first of a tryptich of installations that a traveller meets when entering the city: on travelling along a wide avenue Miniucchi's statue of Hyperion is visible from one roundabout to the next, where Giuseppe Maraniello's E-Terni towers with its twenty-four metres of height, transit point and almost a launching pad towards the third artwork, which has becomeone of the main symbols of the city, the "Spear of Light" by Arnaldo Pomodoro, usually called "L'obelisco". Three works of art that use special materials, the production of which, in contemporary times, represents the town essence used for a varied artistic expression and epitomises in a monolith, the thousand-year history of a place.