Since Livemaster announced a sweet week, I can not pass by this topic. If you think about this topic in contemporary art, I immediately remember the works by Italian designer Marco Ricciardi. He is not famous everywhere, so it will be more interesting to tell you about amazing works of "confectionery art", which I once found in the Italian city of Volterra. The city was not called after Voltaire, the Etruscans called it Velathri in their ancient language. Located in the province of Tuscany, the city is always filled with tourists, though it is not easy to get there, because it is on a hill and has no railway station. Many articles describe the beauty of this city, and they are easy to find on the Internet if you need tourist information.
One of the views.
Volterra has something to look at: the main city Cathedral, the square, the Roman amphitheatre, and even the gates built by the Etruscans before our era. But we are now more interested in a creative component, and it is also present in Volterra. The vicinity of the city mines alabaster. This stone is a kind of marble, at the time it enriched local merchants and is still the main profit source of the city.
In the "alabaster" mountains, people get natural mineral and inspiration.
Alabaster has 3 natural colours: white, brownish and black, all colourful things are painted. Volterra dwellers make everything from alabaster, and all of them seem to be involved it this art.
The city is small and has shops with alabaster products everywhere, you can find many things there — from fridge magnets to jewellery or entire statues. You do not know where to look first, when you come to the 10th shop, it already seems more or less the same everywhere, but prices vary slightly. So, you can go along and watch with eyes half closed, carrying alabaster magnets, until you get to via Antonio Gramsci, 20. It's called Oasi's. That is our destination:
Here your eyes get wide open! Volterra has only one such a shop. Of course, it is better to see what Marco Ricciardi makes than to tell a hundred times about it. At first, you are confused, maybe it's still a true confectionery! Because you can`t believe that it is possible to turn a stone into light cakes or crumbly cookies at once. We all know that artisans create many things from polymer clay, even flowers look alive, but it is stone, its processing is a complex technological process and suddenly you see pies, caramels, eclairs, even cups of tea and coffee!
Such wonders! Dolce Vita!
Of course, many souvenir shops offer alabaster fruits that look quite natural, though they are really heavy, but what Marco Ricciardi creates really makes you admire. It is very difficult to leave without sweets from such a candy store, but do not forget to warn guests not to try to bite marmalade
There is not much information about the author: he has been working with alabaster since school, the main purpose of his work is to present everyday things differently. Of course, he took part in numerous competitions and exhibitions and continues to please people with his original ideas. Marco prepares not only "sweets" in his studio, he can make fried eggs for sure, and of course you can`t leave without pasta from him either.
Culinary theme is not the only one. In everything he makes you can see novelty, subtle idea and humour.
Well, we wish success to the artist, and new inspiring impressions to us