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This is my most recent sculpture commission – I’m happy to share with you pictures of “Sun Worshipper” in her new home. The bronze sculpture was cast by the Mariani Foundry in Pietrasanta.

This sculpture has travelled further than any of my other sculptures taking her all the way to Kuala Lumpur.

I would like to thank my gracious client for the commission, the lovely presentation – and the photographs.

 

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What a pleasure to see all the flowers in my garden bloom once again! The air is filled with hope.

Maria-Gamundi-Risveglio-Scultura-BronzoNature is awakening, in and around Pietrasanta – Pictured above is my sculpture: “Awakening” (“Risveglio”) in statuary marble, 48 x 68 x 115 cm. . To the right, is  “Awakening” in bronze.( click on the image to see it larger)

Buona Primavera a tutti!

 

Un articolo de il Tirreno di Domenico Lombardi, ex-Sindaco di Pietrasanta.

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di DOMENICO LOMBARDI

L’infanzia a Caracas, l’adolescenza tra il Venezuela e gli Stati Uniti, poi a New York l’incontro che le ha cambiato la vita: quello con l’immagine, ritratta in un manifesto, di Pietrasanta. Maria Gamundi, le cui sculture che plasmano corpi femminili hanno conquistato il mondo, racconta così quel momento: «Avevo visto il nome di Pietrasanta nel 1972, su un manifesto al Prat Institute a New York. Era il programma per uno stage in Versilia, aperto agli studenti dell’Istituto. Era importante venire per maturare crediti per la laurea, fare esperienza nella lavorazione del marmo e conoscere i grandi scultori. Quel manifesto – dice l’artista a cui il mese scorso il Circolo Fratelli Rosselli ha assegnato il venticinquesimo premio internazionale di scultura “Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel mondo” – ha cambiato il destino della mia vita. Il programma era abbastanza costoso e io ero una di cinque figli. Con la New York State University si trovò un’alternativa meno costosa e, assieme alle mie sorelle, sono andata ad Urbino alla Scuola del Libro dove ho imparato incisione. Ma a me piaceva il marmo e il 9 gennaio 1973 sono arrivata a Pietrasanta. Che non ho più lasciato».

Una scelta coraggiosa. Che ambiente hai trovato?

«Sono andata subito all’Istituto d’arte Stagio Stagi. Incontrai Lido Bovecchi che insegnava nella scuola e mi disse “ma tu vieni da un’Università, non puoi tornare indietro in un Istituto. Vieni a lavorare con me nel mio studio”. Mi offrì uno spazio, il marmo e gli strumenti. Così ho cominciato a “farmi il braccio”. In quegli anni erano poche le ragazze che venivano ad imparare. Ho incontrato una generosità e disponibilità unica in Lido ma anche in tutti gli altri artigiani che ho conosciuto. Parlavo, oltre l’inglese, lo spagnolo italianizzato così riuscivo a farmi capire. In quei mesi conobbi Earl Neiman, artista anche lui, che divenne mio marito. Dopo una parentesi di circa tre anni e mezzo a Miesbach (Germania), nel 1976 siamo ritornati con grande gioia in Versilia. Si abitava nella canonica di Monteggiori, dove ho trascorso trentacinque anni della mia vita. Abbiamo affittato uno spazio nello studio Antonucci per poi lavorare la terracotta alla bottega Versiliese dove si facevano anche fusioni. Ho conosciuto poi la fonderia Mariani dove da trenta anni lavoro il bronzo. Ho scolpito il marmo alla bottega Versiliese, quindi allo studio Giannoni sino a quando, nel 1999, ho acquistato un piccolo studio. In quegli anni si respirava un’atmosfera straordinaria. Erano affascinanti i laboratori in via del Teatro dove gli artigiani e gli operai fischiavano e cantavano. Mi accoglievano con gentilezza e grande disponibilità di ascolto. Si beveva un bicchiere di vino e ti facevano partecipe del progetto in corso. Belle erano le feste che venivano fatte alla fine di una fusione (ricordo la fonderia Tommasi). Questo clima un po’ si è perso, frutto dell’evoluzione dei tempi».

Come ti trovi nella comunità artistica di Pietrasanta? 

«Bene. Ho molti amici che mi sono affezionati. È cambiato il modo di essere artisti. Negli anni del mio arrivo, dopo il lavoro, gli scultori venivano al bar o all’osteria polverosi per dimostrare che avevano lavorato. Un motivo di vanto. Si parlava della nostra giornata. Pietrasanta oggi è molto cambiata. È certamente più bella, più chic, con molte gallerie e ristoranti; viene molta gente, ma il “sapore di prima” non c’è più. Non si può dire se è meglio o se è peggio perchè è certamente cambiato il gusto delle persone. Talvolta ammirano cose scioccanti. È cambiato il culto del bello e dell’armonia».

Quale è l’artista che ammiri di più?

«Giuliano Vangi. La sua forza artistica esprime il pathos umano in tutte le sue forme: dolcezza, aggressività, odio, amore, morte, disperazione. Vangi emoziona, non puoi rimanere insensibile di fronte alle sue opere, al suo granito. Ti sorprende. È sempre una ricerca».

Se tu fossi responsabile della cultura a Pietrasanta cosa faresti?

«Cercherei di creare ancora più opportunità agli artisti che vengono, vivono e lavorano qui. Ulteriore possibilità di spazi espositivi. Le gallerie qui espongono generalmente opere realizzate fuori di qua, anche se ci sono alcune eccezioni. Continuerei ad allargare il parco della scultura su tutto il territorio e sarebbe bello potere realizzare il Museo di Arte Contemporanea con le opere che i molti artisti di Pietrasanta potrebbero donare. Bellissimo il Museo dei Bozzetti».

Quale è il fascino della piccola Atene?

«Essere una città a misura di uomo, con una piazza meravigliosa e la rocca alle spalle. Ti invita alla contemplazione. La zona a traffico limitato nel centro storico ha portato grandi risultati, come vivere nei suoi spazi la città camminando a piedi. Ci sono gallerie importanti, negozi interessanti, ristoranti caratteristici. Si respira un’internazionalità che sta diventando sempre più prestigiosa. Ci sono iniziative culturali di valore come Pietrasanta in concerto del maestro Guttman. In una parola, la qualità della cultura e dei suoi operatori

e, per un’artista, la bravura dei nostri artigiani nelle diverse tipologie di lavoro. Aver saputo realizzare una integrazione di diverse attività che vede, oltre l’artigiano, i formatori, gli incassatori, i trasporti specializzati. Una realtà unica al mondo».

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Maria-Gamundi-Pietrasanta-Scultura-2015Maria-GAMUNDI-Premio-PietrasantaI am very happy and honored to have received this prestigious prize – it means so much to me.

This is the XXV edition of the “Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel Mondo” International Sculpture Prize.

I would like to thank Pietrasanta’s administration, the Mayor Massimo Mallegni, il Circolo Fratelli Rosselli and their president Alessandro Tosi, the vice president of Banca Versilia and Garfagnana Corrado Lazzotti, the art critic Giuseppe Cordoni, Domenico Lombardi and all the wonderful artisans that through the years have worked me. A special thanks to the Fonderia Mariani, to Maestro Enzo Pasquini, Nicola Stagetti, Ulderigo e Alberto Giannoni, Sergio e Marco Giannoni, Ivo Poli, Giovanni Gherarducci, Alessandro Maggi and also a “Grazie di Cuore”a Valentina Fogher e Chiara Celli from the city’s cultural offices.

I would like to thank everyone that participated at the ceremony and to all of you who have expressed your support from afar.

Grazie Pietrasanta!

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Here are some press clippings of the event.

“Premiata Maria Gamundi, a lei il XXV premio di scultura internazionale “Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel mondo””
Lo Schermo

““Porto sempre la Versilia nel cuore” una commossa Maria Gamundi ha ricevuto il Premio “Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel mondo””
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“A Maria Gamundi il Premio Fratelli Rosselli”
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“La venezuelana Gamundi riceve un premio per la scultura”
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And linked here is the Circolo Fratelli Rosselli’s webpage devoted to this year’s ceremony.

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I am very honored and happy to have been chosen for the 2015 “Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel mondo” International Sculpture Prize.

This is the XXV edition of the prestigios award. It is given every year by the   Circolo Culturale “Fratelli Roselli” to sculptors who through their work promote Pietrasanta’s rich artistic heritage in the world.

Previous winners of the prize are:

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1992 – Igor Mitoraj
1993 – Francesco Messina
1994 – Giò Pomodoro
1995 – Kan Yasuda
1996 – Novello Finotti
1997 – Junkyu Muto
1998 – Ivan Theimer
1999 – Bruno Lucchesi
2000 – Giuliano Vangi
2001 – Stanley Bleifield
2002 – Harry Marinsky
2003 – Pietro Cascella
2004 – Jean – Michel Folon
2005 – Romano Cosci
2006 – Helaine Blumenfeld
2007 – Marc Quinn
2008 – Art Shonk – Joseph Sheppard
2009 – Knut Steen
2010 – Giuseppe Bergomi
2011 – Hanneke Beaumont
2012 – Girolamo Ciulla
2013 – Dashi Namdakov
2014 – Ron Mehlman

The art critic Prof. Giuseppe Cordoni will speak about my work. The mayor of Pietrasanta, Massimo Mallegni, and the president of the circolo Alessandro Tosi and the president of the BCC Enzo Stamati will participate. A concert will follow the ceremony.

You are invited to attend the award ceremony which takes place on Sunday,  the 18th of October at 10:15 am in the Chiostro of S. Agostino in Pietrasanta.

Come and join me for this special occasion!

 

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Each year Pietrasanta celebrates its Artigiani, the master craftsmen and women who work together with the artists to produce their visions in ceramics, mosaic, marble and bronze. “Homo Faber, 2015” this year takes place in the beautiful setting of La Versiliana park (some works are also featured at the Pietrasanta Pier).

I’ve worked in Pietrasanta for 40 years and have been lucky to work with and get to know some of the wonderful artisans in the city’s marble studios and bronze foundries. “Homo Faber” is an annual show that pairs artworks by some of the local and international artists who work in Pietrasanta, with the artisans and the laboratories in which they were produced.

This year I am showing three pieces, “Ninfea” (shown at top in the picture above) a bronze sculpture which was produced by the Mariani Foundry, “The Observers” – this is a 70cm high gesso model, which is in the collection of the Museo dei Bozzetti, and a “Selene” in porcelain produced in the ceramics studio of Ivo Poli, all located in Pietrasanta.

Visit the Fonderia Mariani website, for more info, linked here.
Visit the Museo dei Bozzetti website to learn more about their collections, linked here.
Visit the Ceramiche Poli website, for more info, linked here.

And you can visit my website to see more of my work, linked here.

Homo Faber 2015
from the 2nd of August to the 13th of September, 2015
La Versiliana park (and the Pietrasanta Pier)
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Here are some photos from the inauguration of my sculpture “Sun Worshipper” which took place last Saturday, the 30th of May, 2015. It was a great honor for me and I would like to thank Domenico Lombardi, Mayor of Pietrasanta, Italo Viti Pietrasanta Council member, Valentina Fogher, exhibition consultant for the City of Art, and everyone who came to the celebration. Many international sculptors – friends of mine – came to participate, along with some of the best artigiani who work in Pietrasanta. A special thank you to the Fonderia Mariani, the bronze foundry with whom I’ve worked for, for over 30 years and whose staff have become family to me.

“Sun Worshipper” (Adoratrice del Sole) is now part of the Parco Internazionale della Scultura Contemporanea Città di Pietrasanta, which is an impressive collection of works by international sculptors. You can find out more about the International Sculpture Park at the Museo dei Bozzetti’s website, linked here. Visit the Museo dei Bozzetti’s blog, linked here, for up-to-date information.

Thank you Pietrasanta!

I wrote a thank you note in Italian, which I share with you here:
“E’ stato per me una grande gioia ed un grande onore donare una mia scultura a Pietrasanta, una città che mi ha dato tanto. L’inaugurazione della scultura è stata meravigliosa! Grazie al Sindaco Domenico Lombardi, all’Amministrazione Comunale, all’Assessore Italo Viti, a Valentina Fogher, alla Fonderia Mariani, a tutti i miei cari amici scultori, artigiani, studenti del Liceo Artistico “Stagio Stagi”, al Coro Versilia e a tutti quanti che così numerosi hanno assistito all’inaugurazione. Ringrazio anche per il prezioso supporto all’iniziativa RestauroItalia di Camaiore, Autotraporti Maggi e la ditta Fracassini. Grazie Pietrasanta!”

The photos are by Colomba d’Apolito – thank you Colomba – you can see more of her photography on her website, linked here.

 

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I am honored and happy to announce that my bronze sculpture,
“Sun Worshipper” will find it’s new home in front of the Comune di Pietrasanta.

You are all invited to attend the inaugural ceremony which takes place
on May 30th 2015 at 12:00 noon. Mayor Domenico Lombardi will preside over the ceremony.

“Sun Worshipper” will become part of Pietrasanta’s wonderful International Park of Contemporary Sculpture. To find out more information about the Sculpture Park, visit the Museo dei Bozzetti’s” web page, linked here.

“Sun Worshipper” Inauguration
Piazza Matteotti
Saturday, May 30th, at 12:00 noon

 

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I have the pleasure of being one of 18 Artists who live and work in Pietrasanta who are donating  art to support ATMO/FITMO a Venezuelan-Italian organization who helps Venezuelan children with leukemia to get treatment here in Italy.

The work I am donating to benefit ATMO, “Donna Sdraiata” (pictured above) is a terracotta – Maiolica, one-of-a-kind.

The artists participating are:

-Sami Burhan
-Gustavo Aceves
-Gabriela Malvido Oest
-Silvano Cattai
-Ivan Theimer
-Flavia Robalo
-Cynthia Sah
-Nicolas Bertoux
-Benone Olaru
-Valente Cancogni
-Aleksandra Gazda
-Oronzo Ricci
-Vittoria Romei
-Ramona Pucci
-Selene Frosini
-Fabrizio Del Tessa
-Beppe Fazzi
-Maria Gamundi

The charity art exhibition “Art x ATMO”…una mano para la vida…will take place at Agenzia “IKAROA travel and Books” – Via Mazzini 92, Pietrasanta.
The show goes from the 13th until the 21st of December 2014, the opening reception is this Saturday at 18:30.

To find out more information about this wonderful organization you can visit their Facebook page, linked here.

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I have several sculptures exhibited at the “Espressioni dell’Anima” show. The show is curated by Simona Pesetti and features the work of other sculptors, photographers and painters.

Espressioni dell'anima-inaugurazione-PietrasantaThe exhibition continues until the 10th of August, 2014; the gallery hours are from Monday to Sunday from 10:30am to 1pm and from 6pm to midnight.

The statue of “Selene” pictured below is made of Maiolica. It was produced in the ceramics shop of Ivo Poli, in Pietrasanta.

The gallery space is located at Via 1 Maggio, number 8, in Pietrasanta. For more information about the exhibition, call (+39) 329 6705340

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I posted previously about “The Gossipers” – one of my monumental bronze sculptures which I produced at the Mariani Foundry in Pietrasanta, and you can read about it and see pictures by clicking here.

Maria-Gamundi-SculptorThese are photos of the private commission in its final location. I have several monumental bronze sculptures in private collections in the United States, England, the Netherlands, Italy and elsewhere. I get great satisfaction from seeing my works in their new homes, because they take on a new life – it is always amazing to me to see how naturally they sit in their new settings, as if they’d always been there.

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The photos are by Rafael Rodriguez.

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“Ninfea,” one of my monumental bronze sculptures will take part in “Sculpture in the Garden, 2014” exhibition at the Harold Martin Botanical Gardens, at the University of Leicester.

The photo above was taken by Stefano Baroni, when the sculpture was exhibited at the Chiostro di Sant’Agostino, in Pietrasanta for the ARBS Sculpture Exhibition in 2011.

The sculpture was cast at the Fonderia Artistica Mariani in Pietrasanta. You can visit the Mariani Foundry website, linked here.

“Sculpture in the Garden, 2014”
Sunday, June 15th to Sunday, the 26th of October, 2014
Harold Martin Botanical Gardens,
University of Leicester.

For Hours and Directions, visit the University of Leicester’s webpage, linked here.

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Here is a magical photograph of “Selene” under the full moon, in her home at Kettle Pond, Virginia. The sculpture, made of Carrara marble, is a commission by the Newport News Public Art Foundation, and was carved in Pietrasanta.

The photo was sent to me by Jerry Gammon, (thanks Jerry!)

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Here is a quick glance at one of my bronze sculpture – in progress. It’s a rare chance to see the work without the final patina, which the capable artigiani at the Mariani Bronze Foundry in Pietrasanta – where the piece was cast – will apply.

Without the patina one can see the fine craftsmanship that the artisans are able to achieve. You can visit the Mariani Foundry website, linked here.

“The Gossipers” is my playful meditation on two figure’s relationship with each others and the space between them. It nearly 2 meters tall and is a private commission.

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You can visit my website to see more pictures of my work, linked here.

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Pietrasanta’s Virtual Museum of Art and Architecture (M.U.S.A.) has set up a Pinterest page where one can see some rare photos of some of my sculptures.

Visit the page, linked here.

And you can visit M.U.S.A.’s own webpage, linked here.

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“Selene” – a sculpture I made out of Carrara Marble, in Pietrasanta – is a source of inspiration for the community and for professional photographers. Above are a few photographs of “Selene” in its new home at Kettle Pond, Mariners’ Museum Park, Newport News, Va.

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Maria-Gamundi-Selene-Newport-News-public-sculptureA dream come true: after three years of work, my “Selene” – made in white Carrara marble – rests serene reflecting her image on the waters of Kettle Pond, as she gazes on the James River.

I was thrilled and honored to work with the Newport News Public Art Foundation on this commission. I had the pleasure to be present for the public unveiling – which took place on the 23rd of November, 2013. At the ceremony, which took place on a beautiful sunny fall day, I met some wonderful people. Present were also city council members, McKinley L. Price the city’s Mayor, City Manager, Jim Bourey, State Sen. John Miller, and City Development Director Florence Kingston. Vice Mayor Herbert H. Bateman Jr. and Elliot Gruber, President of The Mariners’ Museum spoke to the crowd. Bobby Freeman Chairman of the Newport News Public Art Foundation kicked-off the ceremony.

“Selene” is now part of the Newport News community; visitors can call a number, while at the park, and hear a short introduction in my own voice.

I’d like to give a warm thank you to Bobby Freeman, the Chairman of the Newport News Public Art Foundation, who was able to envision the finished sculpture on the pond, and whose love of art enriches the lives of so many, and  Carol Capó, the Foundation Executive Director, who helped orchestrate the project, and to all the donors who so generously gave to fund the making of “Selene.” I’d also like to thank the folks back home – in Pietrasanta, Italy – for their help and support: Nicola Stagetti and his able artisans who helped in the realization, and Valentina Fogher in the city’s Cultural Office, as well as Pietrasanta’s Mayor Domenico Lombardi for their continued support.

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“Maria Gamundi the making of “Selene” in Pietrasanta”
A film by Silvano Cattai
Featuring “Selene’s Theme” music by Pebble.

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I was very honored and delighted to see my sculpture in the Piazza del Duomo di Pietgrasanta.

It was a wonderful opportunity to share with the citizens of Pietrasanta and friends, my marble sculpture “Selene” before

her departure for Newport News, Virginea, USA.

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I am honored to announce that my sculpture “Selene” will be exhibited in the Piazza in Pietrasanta for a special preview, before it’s sent to the United States. The Piazza del Duomo is Pietrasanta’s premiere exhibition space and the heart of its artistic life, and is very dear to me.

The time to see it it short – from 10am the 18th to sunset on the 20th of September, 2013.

Domenico Lombardi, the Mayor of Pietrasanta may give a welcome greeting at noon, on the 18th, but this has not been confirmed as of yet.

Photo by Giorgio Cespa.

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These are photos from the reception to celebrate the completion of my marble sculpture “Selene,” at the studio of Nicola Stagetti.

Celebrating the completion of a complicated or large work has been a tradition in the marble studios and bronze foundries of Pietrasanta. It’s a way to thank the artisans who were also involved in the realization of the sculpture and to share the piece with other fellow artists and friends.

Pictured in the last photo are Nicola Stagetti and myself in front of the finished piece. Find out more about Nicola Stahetti’s sculpture studio by visiting his website, linked here.

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Finally she is complete!

Work on “Selene,” my commission for the Newport News Public Art Foundation is finished. The statue is 138cm x 133cm x 220cm, weighing nearly four tons.

I will be celebrating its completion with my fellow workers – some of Pietrasanta’s famed Artigiani who work at the Studio Stagetti, who helped me in the realization of the piece.

I extend the invitation to you, dear readers, to come and toast with me.

The event takes place this Saturday, the 7th of September at 6pm at the Studio Stagetti.

Click here for a map with directions.

See you all there!

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Silvano Cattai, a Pietrasanta-based sculptor, has been documenting my progress on “Selene” and took the photo above. In it you can see me sanding and perfecting the surface of the marble.

We are getting close to being finished!

“Selene” is a commission for The Newport News Public Art Foundation.

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The work is taking place at Studio Stagetti, one of the marble studios of Pietrasanta.

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Here are photos of me working on “Selene,” my Carrara marble sculpture, which was commissioned by The Newport News Public Art Foundation.

The work is taking place at Studio Stagetti, one of the marble studios of Pietrasanta.

To find out more information about the studio, visit the studio website, linked here.

Youtube user Lucrezia012 has posted two nice videos of my work, that she produced, on her youtube channel. The first one above is called: “Maria Gamundi Venezuelan Sculptor Chacarera de un triste TANGO.”

The other video I link to here.

I was surprised to find these videos on the web, and am impressed at the amount of energy that Lucrezia012 spent on the research of the photos of my art.

Thank you Lucrezia012; I appreciate your interest in my work.

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The figure of “Selene” is beginning to emerge from the block of marble. This part of the sculpting process is called the “sbozzatura,” – the roughing out. The block has received the first cuts (see the picture top left) and is then brought into the studio, in Pietrasanta, where the roughing out is taking place.

Maria-Gamundi-Plaster-Model-Selene-Pietrasanta-Sculpture-2013Here, on the left, is a photo of the “bozzetto” of “Selene.” The “bozzetto,” or plaster model, is the starting point for the larger marble sculpture.

The final sculpture is only four times the size of the plaster model – the plaster model is 50cm high, whereas the final sculptures is 2m tall – but I am struck by the effect: it really feels monumental.

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I’ve been working on the plaster model (which is 1 meter tall) of my sculpture “Selene” – which has been commissioned by the Newport News Public Art Foundation.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe model is finished, and ready to be used for the carving of the 2,20 meter white Carrara marble sculpture, which I will produce here in Pietrasanta.

Here to the side you can see a picture of me putting the finishing touches on the plaster model; above, you can see a picture of the white Carrara marble block that I selected for the sculpture.

This is always a thrilling moment in the process – I can’t wait to start!

Stay tuned for more photos as the sculpture progresses. I’m new to blogging and am interested in hearing your thoughts, dear reader. Feel free to drop me a line in the comments section below this post.

Previously:

Newport News Public Art Foundation is sponsoring Maria Gamundi’s “Selene” which is to be installed in Kettle Pond, gazing out over the James River.

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The photo above is a photo-montage of a plaster model of “Selene” in the setting of Kettle Pond, Newport News, Virginia. The final sculpture will be two-meters-high and will be carved out of white Carrara marble.

The Newport News Public Art Foundation supports art in public spaces around the city. You can learn more about the sculptures in public spaces sponsored by NNPAF, and “take a tour” on their website, linked here. They are committed to showcasing artworks in public spaces as they believe this affords people a chance to “live” with the art – and art is viewed, in this way, more than art exhibited in museums.

I am delighted by this commission, and am already working on the project. I am currently creating a one-meter-high clay model which will serve for the carving, in marble, of the final sculpture.

What follow are step-by-step photos of the work in progress:

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The Armature. In this photo you can see the iron armature being covered with the first layer of clay.

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The Clay Model. Additional layers of clay are added guided by the use of pantograph, one of the tools used for making enlargements of sculptures. In this picture you can see the arm of the pantograph taking a reading from the smaller plaster model and then “translating” it to the larger size. This is a mechanical process which only gives a rough approximation of the final sculpture. It is just the first step, the real work is yet to begin…

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Working the Clay Model. This is me working on the clay model in my studio in Pietrasanta; this is my chance to perfect and re-create the sculpture in this new size. The enlargement of any work creates issues that affect the whole. I look at each element and make sure that it is harmonious and balanced.

The project, of bringing “Selene” to Newport News is funded entirely by donations from the community. If you would like to contribute, call (757) 369-3014, or email ccapo@nnpaf.org.

Visit the Newport News Public Art Foundation website, linked here.

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I’m back at work in Pietrasanta on a new sculpture – I’ll post more about this soon – After spending the holidays with my family and friends in Venezuela

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