Renzo Maggi wowed his hosts at this year’s Magic of Marble Festival in Sylacauga, Alabama. The Pietrasanta sculptor was the guest of honor at the fourth annual sculpting festival that sees US and Canadian sculptors gathered to share experiences and to learn from the Italian masters who come each year to share their knowledge of the ancient art. Maggi, came to share his 50plus-years’ experience, champion Pietrasanta’s marble culture and promote Italian art. He spent the past two weeks in Sylacauga learning about the local marble and sculpting his “Penelope and Ulysses” sculpture – which you can see in the video above. (The video is by sculptor Simon Umlauf who also participated in the Festival.) The Marble Festival Director Ted Spears was enthusiastic about the special visitor: “His attitude, his friendliness and his knowledge is the best thing we’ve ever encountered.”
Renzo Maggi charmed his hosts and impressed the younger artists. He says of his sculpture: “I imagined Penelope as Europe, the Mediterranean culture, the sophistication and nostalgia of ancient Greek sculpture; I thought of Ulysses metaphorically like America, the new country, the odyssey of the Achaean hero, his wanderings, his curiosity for new things, for the discovery of new worlds.” We, rather, see him as Brave Ulysses, and toast his mission of peace, and understanding … and art. In the eight days it took him to complete his sculpture he showed the New World some of Pietrasanta’s marble masters’ ancient secrets and proved that sculpture is indeed the universal language.
View Renzo Maggi’s site here.