Sunday, May 3, 2015

Trofeo Marzocco Sbandieratori Florence Italy



Dear Art Lover,
     The first of May is the Festa del Lavoro [Labor Day] in Italia.  It comes the morning after La Notte Bianca (The White Night) in Florence.  Each town sets its own date for the city-wide party that is the White Night, in which the streets are packed with people, food, music, and sometimes much more amazing things, such as light shows and theatres.  

Florence, Italy, Labor Day, flag-waving competition, Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy on 1 May 2015 - Labor Day
 
     So, I was a bit drowsy starting off my Italian Labor Day.  Thankfully, I did not have to be anywhere until 3 pm and I got to meet a wonderful lady, Camila Martinez.  She is a friend of my Texas-based friend Kate and we shared a lovely evening and meal together.  She had been down in Roma presenting her creations at a conference.  Camilia is making a series of films working with the Mayan peoples (whom I did not realize still existed) to educate them on how Monsanto is spreading its GMO life-destroying seeds in Mexico.  Camilia has many interests and this was not her first time in Florence.  

Florence, Italy, Labor Day, flag-waving competition, Piazza della Signoria
View from behind the base for Cellini's bronze Perseus sculpture

Florence, Italy, Labor Day, flag-waving competition, Piazza della Signoria
The left side of the base shows the dead Medusa's hand (bronze).

Florence, Italy, Labor Day, flag-waving competition, Piazza della Signoria

Florence, Italy, Labor Day, flag-waving competition, Piazza della Signoria
I could not resist this shot "Lion bites the head off of a man."


     I was elated to find out that Friday morning on Facebook that the historic competition Trofeo Marzocco was starting at 3.30 p.m. in Piazza della Signoria.  This is the flag-waving competition (Trofeo = trophy, Marzocco = a lion that is the symbol/protector of Firenze).  The flag-waving group Bandierai degli Uffizi di Firenze performed as well as a couple of others.  I was charmed by the group nicknamed the “Zanzare” [mosquitos]:  children learning the art of flag-waving.  All wore costumes designed in medieval times or inspired by that era.

     Incidentally, it is my understanding that bandiera is the flag itself, whereas the “S” in front as in  sbandieratori refers to the people who throw the flags.  [The ending of that latter word is also a clue that the word prefers to people who do a specific thing.]  I also like it that girls, boys, kids, and old men perform together.

     The timing of the event was perfect and Camilia was delighted and enchanted with the performance.  While I am not big on crowds, I was surprised how relatively few people were up inside the Loggia dei Lanzi to get a gander of the acts. But it was nice to me to take a break for a wee bit and just sit in this environment full of sculpture as the medieval drum beats filled my heart.  Thank you, Kate!

     Some fun links if you would like to see more related to today’s topics:
The flag-waving group of Florence:
https://www.facebook.com/BandieraidegliUffizi
Symbol of Florence: The Marzocco (lion) created by Donatello:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marzocco
Images from the flag-waving competition:
http://www.lanazione.it/firenze/sbandieratori-marzocco-1.908669

     Incidentally, the crew of Ron Howard with actor Tom Hanks, among many others, are filming in Florence now on another of the Dan Brown novels.

Peace,

Kelly

~ Kelly Borsheim, sculptor, painter, writer, teacher
Florence, Italy, Labor Day, flag-waving competition, Piazza della Signoria
Kids should be able to see too, but at the expense of everyone else in the crowd?
Florence, Italy, Labor Day, flag-waving competition, Piazza della Signoria
Nice dreads!  Thankfully she was not up high for long (not a kid!).
Florence, Italy, Labor Day, flag-waving competition, Piazza della Signoria
Could David be less interested in the judges or even the performers?
Florence, Italy, Labor Day, flag-waving competition, Piazza della Signoria
Make a standing pyramid and then rotate all in a 360 ! 

Florence, Italy, profile lion Perseus, Piazza della Signoria
Comparing profiles:  Perseum and Lion

Florence, Italy, Labor Day, flag-waving competition, Piazza della Signoria

Florence, Italy, Labor Day, flag-waving competition, Piazza della Signoria
Florence, Italy, Labor Day, flag-waving competition, Piazza della Signoria

Florence, Italy, Labor Day, flag-waving competition, Piazza della Signoria

Florence, Italy, Labor Day, flag-waving competition, Piazza della Signoria

Florence, Italy, Labor Day, flag-waving competition, Piazza della Signoria


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