20 American students visit the Garfagnana region for “Digital Stone Project”


Nine American Universities land in Garfagnana for the second edition of “Digital Stone Project” – the, yes, digital sculpture workshop which was born a year ago as partnership between Garfagnana Innovazione and Digital Stone, of Trenton, New Jersey.

For a month – from June 7th to July 6th, 2014, twenty students and professionals who hail from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Bennington College, Yale University, New York Institute of Technology, Arizona State University, Bowling Green State University, Masaryk University, Ghuelp University, William Patterson University, will live in Minucciano – and will come face-to-face with the sophisticated robots and machinery of the Polo Tecnologico Garfagnana Innovazione di Gramolazzo. (phew that was an unusually wordy sentence – even for us…)

With this new technology they will sculpt works that for now have only lived in their imagination. During the last academic year the students have worked on the digital part of their creations – and will only now get a chance to realize their works out of the local Marmo della Garfagnana. (The Garfagnana region is just on the other side of the Apuan Alps… about a 45 minute drive from Carrara and Pietrasanta.) We link to the Wikipedia article on the Garfagnana, here.

Once the students finished their digitizing – the 3D files were sent to Garfagnana Innovazione’s technical offices – and the pieces have already been “sbozzati” – roughed out, and will be ready for the finishing work.

While here the students will get an up-close look at the laser scanning process, the programming part, the robots, and the manual techniques – as well as having a chance to complete their sculptures. They will also visit Tuscany’s most important centers for art and sculpture, and some of the area’s marble quarries. At the end of the sculptors’ journey a traveling exhibition will showcase the 20 finished sculptures – plus 15 works produced during last year’s edition. First stop of the tour will be in Pietrasanta, at M.U.S.A., the city’s virtual art and architecture museum, from the 5th to the 13th of July,. The exhibit will then move on to the Fortezza di Mont’Alfonso in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. From the 7th to the 30th of September the works will be on display at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze in Piazza Santissima Annunziata. And finally, in November, the sculptures will be the centerpiece of an exhibition at the New York Institute of Technology, in the States.

The project kicks off today, the 8th of June at the Polo Tecnologico of Gramolazzo, with an inaugural party.

Visit the official website, linked here, for more information.

We at Art is Life invite this year’s participants to let us know about their projects and progress. Write to us at info@artislimited.com.

The project is a joint production of: Garfagnana ambiente e sviluppo, the Comune di Minucciano, the Unione dei comuni della Garfagnana, the Provincia di Lucca, the American Consulate of Florence, the Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca and the Fondazione Kennedy Italia, with the support of the Camere di Commercio of Lucca, the Centro Arti Visive of Pietrasanta and M.U.S.A. (Museo virtuale della scultura e dell’architettura) of Pietrasanta.

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