Sunday, February 18, 2007

Livio de Marchi's "a dream in Venice"


Livio De Marchi was born in Venice where, though still a child, he worked on ornamental sculpture in the Venetian tradition in the workshop of a craftsman and meanwhile studied art and drawing at the "Accademia di Belle Arti" in Venice. He displayed an astounding skill in moulding materials, transforming them with wit and panache and creating sculptures with perfection of detail, spontaneity and essence. During his artistic evolution he worked first in marble, then bronze, and eventually in wood. However wood has always been his favourite material because it affords him a vitality which other materials do not.

In 1994 Livio de Marchi's fantasy took flight and he created a floating work of art with the title "a dream in Venice": a huge pumpkin drawn by 4 horses, which rear up when the driver pulls the reins. The pumpkin can accommodate 4 people. It was one of the jewels of Carnival 1994.

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