Classical sculpture summarises hundreds of years of knowledge in carving, anatomy and dramatic effects. To replicate a classical Greco-Roman model is a very suitable learning path to any stonemason or sculptor, and great to gain a much needed technical background and skills.
Our first big job: a real test. The replica of an iconic sculpture located in one of the popular Palma de Mallorca and busiest avenues. In view of everybody and unprotected to possible criticism.
A long time went by between the destruction of the original and the complex administrative resolution of the case, finding the right stone at the quarry... Finally, months of painstaking and careful carving. The missing sculpture was a pending issue for the media, and pressure was increased by a popular local TV presenter, who stood, dressed as a Roman one day a week on top of the pedestal to remind the City Council that the city wanted to recover "his" Roman...
Finally, as always, once installed, everything is forgotten: the Roman stopped being news and returned to its duty as a silent witness to the city bustle again from its pedestal. Old and new at a time, only a discreet inscription "Artifexbalear me fecit. MMVII" betrays its newcomer status to the city.
Sculpture commisions usually include transportation and installation on site.
In the image, entering Palma in front of the Almudaina Palace.
Months later, we returned to visit "our" Roman, since the City Council of Palma commissioned us to replace the lost arm of his stone partner. After cleaning, the statue was about to be reviewed.
The so-called gargoyle of Notre Dame, in fact it is not, since it does not perform the task of evacuating water from the roof through an open mouth.
"The thinker", as it is popularly called, is, however, one of the most photographed sculptures in the world, thanks to its strategic and privileged position on the corner of a terrace, overlooking the city of Paris.
Gargoyle of Notre Dame de Paris. Santanyí Stone Work under construction.
Iberic Lioness. Museo Arqueológico de Madrid.
Iberian art presents a distinct design from European and African art. With obvious Greek influences, it maintains the naivety and freshness of an intuitive, non-academic art, as this crouched lioness shows.
This Greek horse of the 5th century BC, kept at the British Museum, was an old desire of Miquel Ramis.
The head was discovered at Civita Lavinia in the 19th century during excavations, and months after the torso was found , the fragments being assembled by the sculptor McDonald.
Ten years after being fascinated by the sculpture, we have been able to acquire a certified plaster cast,modelled after the original, to be able to make an accurate copy.
The sculpture, ready for the final touches, already shows the impressive energy that the anonymous Greek sculptor was able to convey.
Enraged, with the dilated nostrils, resting on the hindquarters, this formidable piece was probably part of a sadly disappeared sculptural group.
Greek horse. Point needle system. Santanyí Stone
Finished Statue, in place.