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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Those Three Carrara Marble Statues Along The Lake

This statue is found near Cafe Verbanella, behind the restaurant, and as you can see, close to the water's edge...
Today, I'm thinking about the new statues that I noticed along the lakefront.

I noticed the first of the new Carrara marble statues almost immediately upon my arrival in Stresa, and it was explained to me that it was one of a set of three. At the first opportunity I went walking with my camera to find the other two. Interesting artworks...

Back in May 2007, three blocks of marble of equal size were given to three internationally known sculptors. Housed outside the Villa La Palazzola on the lungolago, the three artists worked, side by side, between May 12 and May 27, 2007, using the technique called a togliere -- to remove -- the technique typical of stone sculptors.

This unique exhibition not only gave the artists the opportunity to collaborate and exchange ideas with each other; it also gave tourists and passersby the chance to watch, step by step, as the works were revealed.

And now the three white marble sculptures have been moved into three locations along the lake: One is in front of the Cafe Verbanella, one in front of the Hotel La Luna nel Porto, on the eastern edge of town, and one is just a bit to the west of the front of the church, across the street from Villa Ducale.


... this one is in front of La Luna nel Porto Hotel ...

... and this one across the street from Villa Ducale ...

The three artists are:

Manuel Alvarez was born in Spain in 1945, and has lived in numerous places around the world. His sculptures enrich many piazze, from Barcelona to Atlanta, and from Madrid to Venice.

Gino Corsanini was born in Ortonovo in 1947 and lives in Milan. As with this statue, carrara is the material with which he makes most of his large sculptures.

Hattori Koh-Emon was born in Japan in 1947 and studied art at Brera. He works with various materials and his works can be seen in many places throughout Italy, Europe, and Japan.

How many of the things I've noticed along the lake will you notice when you stroll there? And what discoveries of your own will you make? Here are a few other lungolago related posts:
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