Hey! That’s My Foot!

Posted on October 25, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Poetry, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Travel - White DevilHey!  That’s my foot!

I know, it makes a nice place

to sit right down

and look at me with your wistful eyes.

You ARE pretty sweet,

coming and going

into and out of the shop.

And stopping to greet me in this funny way.

What’s your name?

White Devil!

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Sculptor Carlo Ramous in Cortina

Posted on September 29, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Photography, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Travel - Corina Ramous 3This is Arco (Arch), 1973 by Carlo Ramous recently installed in nearly the center of Cortina, Italy.  It’s a massive, yet elegant steel sculpture with a fascinating history.

This sculpture along with its companions, Tympanum and Contintuity, have been “stored” in Parma since they were shown there in 1974 (Longing is missing a piece and Development is completely lost still.)  Pictures of the storage look like they were thrown in disassembled heaps out back of a building where they rusted and collapsed.  They were difficult to transport and there were disagreements between the artist and the city of Parma.  So they were piled up and forgotten.

The artist died in 2003 and there was an artistic endowment group which had even lost track of the whereabouts of the sculptures.  All along though, there was Walter Patscheider, who remembered Carlo Ramous as a family friend.  Walter’s father had a vast collection of his artwork and drawings.  It was through Walter’s efforts that the sculptures were found, cleaned, restored and reassembled.  Without his archive of sketches of the sculptures this would have been impossible.  Talk about the right person at the right time!

Travel - Corina Ramous 2This sculpture is destined for it’s permanent home in Milan but is situated in this wonderful space between the church and belltower in Cortina for now.  We were lucky to catch it here.  I wish it could stay here because I think it really inhabits this space perfectly.  I fear it will be lost in the big city shuffle of Milan.  Maybe one can wish for the Italian slowness-of-getting-things-done this time!  Here is another thing I love about travel; finding the little stories of a place that pique interest.  An art history story is the best!

Travel - Corina Ramous 1Tricky photography here – the sculpture is a magnet for all visitors, especially children who want to make it into a slide (even though the sign says stay off!)  I had to wait for a brief clearing of the people to get a clear shot of the whole thing.

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