I have been perhaps too vocal about my feelings surrounding this artist and his work on Facebook, so look him up if you are curious about what could possibly disturb me so.
The great thing is that during this same time there IS a marvelously successful CONTEMPORARY art exhibit in front of an antique building that works beautifully together. The body of work out front anyway is titled, “The Witnesses,” by Mimmo Paladino. As you can see, I was there late at night and thus, I have not yet seen the inside. However, I will certainly do that once back from London.
These primitive looking figures appear to be made from a volcanic stone; the sign says tufa, which is apparently a more porous form of limestone. See? This exhibition has taught me something already! The artist has also used wood and metal in this composition of figures. I very much love how this works so well with the stone textured wall of the basilica. I enjoy this area of town and it is a shame that I have never lived in that zone. That is pretty much the only way I spend any real time anywhere. But there is a lot going on and I have fond memories of my first trip to Italy in 2004 since I stayed at a hostel around the corner from this piazza. ‘Twas lovely!
Enjoy these images. I include a snapshot looking away from the statues because this really cute girl rode up on her bike and starting speaking with the cute guard who watched over for vandals. I am happy the shot is in focus since I get rather shy about taking these sorts of photos and often move the camera too quickly, ruining my bold effort. I also included a shot of my friend and fellow painter Susan in front of the stone figures so that you have a better idea of their sizes.
Exhibition continues until 9 January 2016, which thankfully is longer than what we must endure in Piazza della Signoria. [There I said it again. Jajaja]
FREE entrance, Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See another Mimmo Paladino installation in historical Florence (also a good fit) that I wrote about years ago: http://artbyborsheim.blogspot.it/2012/11/florens-2012-culture-week-florence-italy.html
Art NOW - London!
WHEN: OPENING Preview > Thursday October 22, from 4 - 8 p.m.
WHY? Featuring Kelly's pastels and charcoal drawings from Morocco
ART NOW The Artists Fair London: www.art-now.net
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