Massimo Galleni - Sculptor in Pietrasanta


Luigi Ontani’s fountain in Vergato

Born in Pietrasanta the fountain of maestro Luigi Ontani that will be inaugurated Sunday in Vergato
Sunday, April 7 at 10.30 in Piazza Giovanni XXIII in Vergato will gushing the work of maestro Luigi Ontani "Renvergatellapenninmontovolo", a fountain that already from the name evokes some natural elements characteristic of the Bolognese Apennines. The Marble part was realized by the sculpture studio Massimo Galleni and the bronze by the Foundry of Massimo Da Prato.
The fountain is composed of figures derived from classical mythology, with references to the geographical elements of the Apennines and symbols typical of the Ontanian iconography: an adult Faun in bronze (representing the Rhine river) bears a winged putto on his shoulders (symbol of the Vergatello Torrent), while the majestic and stern head of an old marble Newt (Incarnante L'appennino) rises from the bottom of the circular basin to delimit part of the perimeter that progressively closes with the profiles of the Apennine Mountains. The Egg on which the central group rests is a reference to Montovolo, a fabulous and mythical element of the local landscape, of its history and of the artist's poetic. Galleni: I remember the beginning of this project when the Maestro entrusted me with the realization of this important public work and the difficulties that we had to face together with my other collaborators chosen in agreement with Ontani (Giorgi Marcello for The enlarging and Massimo Da Prato for casting in bronze) when the Master asked us more than 30 jets between the bronze and the marble. This Project has put our craftsmen to the test demonstrating their know-how.
Luigi Ontani, an important international artist who has expressed his creativity and poetic through the use of many techniques.
In 2017 Maestro Luigi Ontani received the "President of the Republic" Award delivered by President Mattarella at Quirinale.

the master and the craftsman

The relationship between the craftsman and the artist is an old relationship of centuries.
A relationship made of long conversations, analysis, debate, choice of material that, at best, will be able to respond to the needs both technical and inspirational of the artist, who, through it, expresses a concept, a theme, an idea.
My relationship with the artists has always traced my professional career and determined an internal and professional growth that I never imagined at my beginnings..............

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