From “Marble Weeks” to “Marble Wrecks.” Group organizes a mock auction of items to highlight the plundering of marble in the Apuan Alps


“Would you like a marble paper-weight but you don’t have the money to buy it? Here’s the event you’ve been waiting for: for a few pennies you can give yourself a charming souvenir of the quarries.” This was the slogan of “Marble Wrecks, the Apuan Alps at Auction” – the mock auction organized earlier this month in Carrara.

The joke auction was more than a little provocative; toothpaste, adhesives, decorative accessories, cosmetic products and more products containing calcium carbonate – marble in powder form – went to the gavel, in the day-long event organized by a group of environmentalists from Carrara. They pledge to stage the event next year as well.

Visit the event’s fb page, to see more of the items up for auction, linked here.

Previously on Art is Life:

>> Reposting: “Carrara the Quarries” a short film about the marble trucks bringing the blocks down to the valley

The Marble Quarry Wars ____________ The environmentalists take on the art critic Philippe Daverio for his strong defense of the quarries

The Marble Quarry Wars ____________ The art critic Philippe Daverio on the marble quarries: “Enough with paleolithic ideas, the Apuan Alps are beautiful because of the intervention of man”

The Marble Quarry Wars ____________ Local hiking club trail signage destroyed

The Quarry Controversy: Tuscany passes a compromise plan on the management of marble quarries within the Apuan Alps Natural Park – and no one is happy; scheduled for tomorrow Tuesday the 1st of July: a complete shutdown of the industry… and a “March on Florence”

24 hours to “Stop the Destruction of the Apuan Alps”

“In the quarry of Michelangelo, it’s war between environmentalists and quarrymen” The Italian daily ‘La Stampa’ follows the ongoing controversy over the marble quarries in the Apuan Alps

Marble Quarry Closures – The seven mayors of the Versilia stand united against Tuscany

48 marble quarries at risk of being shut down as part of new Tuscany Region environmental plan

“L’economia alternativa nelle Apuane” conference will address alternatives to the ongoing marble quarrying, this Saturday, in Lucca

“Turning Art History into Toothpaste” The issues involving the “ongoing environmental disaster” in Carrara’s marble region are beginning to be noticed

<Reposting: “The destruction of the Apuan Alps; the greatest environmental disaster of Europe”

UPDATE: ____________ “Stop the destruction of the Apuan Alps” – Online petition gathers steam, prompts an official response

“SALVIAMO LE APUANE” Environmentalists and “escursionisti” tag Mount Pania to stop the “destruction of the Apuan Alps”

“The Plundered Alps” Der Spiegel Magazine tells of the devastation of the Apuan Alps

John Singer Sargent’s watercolors of the Marble Quarries in Carrara

“The Apennine in the light of day / Is a mighty mountain dim and gray.” B&W photos of the marble quarries in the Apuan Alps over Carrara

“Out of the Mist – the Rock Art of the Alpi Apuane” at Villa Gori

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