Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Public Art Stone Sculpture Designs



Dear Art Lover,
     This past Sunday, March 19, was Father’s Day in Italy.  I spent the day with a bunch of local sculptors I know.  We met up at Cava Nardini (the Nardini Quarry) in Vellano, Italy.  I was not told what the meeting was about, but went along for the social event and also in the hopes of keeping connected with what is going on.  It turns out that it was originally thought that this proposed project would need to be completed by May and since I will be in the US, I would not be able to participate.  Now we know we have until September, so I am spending this week coming up with a design for the specs of the public art project in Tuscany.  The mayor or his team will have a look and decide which proposals they will like to realize.  If mine is chosen, then I know what I will be working on in June!  

Cava Nardini Vellano Valleriana Tuscany Italy Sculptors Discuss Designs
Cava Nardini Vellano Valleriana Tuscany Italy Sculptors Discuss Designs

Metal ropes hung outside Cava Nardini Vellano Valleriana Tuscany Italy
Metal ropes hung outside Cava Nardini, Vellano


Boys and Toys Cava Nardini Vellano Valleriana Tuscany Italy
Boys and Toys and distant snow-capped mountains


     It was a cool and overcast day, but fun.  After our gathering in the quarry, we went into the town of Vellano where I took some of these close-up and scenic shots before we enjoyed a huge and lively lunch at Trattoria Manero.  My friend Kumiko and I are the only non-Italians at the table and I swear hanging out with these guys made us laugh and laugh, especially when the older guys give the younger ones their words of wisdom about life.  Lots of hand gestures in the conversations and I really believe we had the liveliest table in the whole place!

Vellano Valleriana Tuscany Italy Springtime Starts La Pieve

Vellano Valleriana Tuscany Italy Springtime Starts

Vellano Valleriana Tuscany Italy Springtime Starts

Lichen on Stone Wall Vellano Valleriana Tuscany Italy Springtime Starts

Pietra Serena stone quarried locally in Vellano Tuscany Italy

Sculptors 3-hour lunch at Trattoria Manero, Vellano, Italy
Sculptors 3-hour lunch at Trattoria Manero, Vellano, Italy


     I am looking forward with joy and trepidation for my almost two-months in the US.  I know that I will not be able to see all whom I would love to see, but am doing the best that I can.  I have much to do there.

     If you like, please have a look at some of my sculpture online here:

Happy SPRING!

Peace,

Kelly

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