Libero Maggini a talented local artist – who cut his teeth in the Viareggio Carneval paper-maché sculpture studios – was commissioned to produce a heraldic work in bronze for one of the Contradas – neighborhood quarters – of Siena, as its standard-topper for their Palio.
The work, for the Contrada di Valdimontone, harks back to Italy’s medieval past… and to older times, still: the bronze statue is, in ways, reminiscent of the “Ram in the Thicket” uncovered by Sir Leonard Woolley during his excavations of Ur.
Maggini’s iconic bronze bather sculptures on the Viareggio breakwater – at the Molo – are whimsical riffs on the area’s beach culture.
The artist was present at the unveiling of the work in the interior of the Oratorio della Santissima Trinità one of the lovelier baroque churches within Siena’s city walls.
View the artist’s website here.