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california winegrower, anne moeller-racke, describes the donum estate winery as ‘the ultimate pinot noir project’.

now, thanks to danish businessman and art collector allan warburg, and his partners, who purchased the donum estate winery from anne in 2011, the estate could also be described as the ultimate contemporary sculpture park.

jaume plensa | sanna, giant head

hospitality building (opened september 2017) | designed by MH architects | san francisco, CA

 

the park includes contemporary sculptures by important international artists, including fernando botero,

yayoi kusama, and louise bourgeois.

fernando botero | hombre caminante (walking man)

click here to read about the contemporary sculpture park and the sculpture workshops in pietrasanta, italy, where botero has an art studio.

installations in progress

left:  yayoi kusama | pumpkin

right:  pavilion under construction for a louise bourgeois spider

 

each sculpture has been carefully sited by allan, his partners michael and daniel, and anne.  the juxtaposition of art and nature is breathtaking!  my husband, bob, and i both felt inspired, refreshed, and invigorated after exploring the sculpture park.

right to left:

keith haring | king and queen

dahn vo | we the people

richard hudson | love me

keith haring | king and queen

richard hudson | love me

right to left:

richard hudson | love me

arik levy | rock

mark quinn | shell

arik levy | rock

mark quinn | shell

 

the donum estate sculpture park also showcases contemporary asian art.

yeu minjun | contemporary terracotta warriors

25 warriors installed through out the lavender garden

left to right:

  lui hui | captured rhino

yeu minjun | contemporary terracotta warriors

sopheap pich | morning glory

fernando botero | hombre caminante (walking man)

richard hudson | big moma

lui hui | captured rhino

gao weigang | maze

front to back:

sopheap pich | morning glory

yeu minjun | contemporary terracotta warriors

gao weigang | maze

 

circle of animals/zodiac heads by chinese artist/activist ai weiwei could be considered the most important work of art in the sculpture park.  not only, because it is the only edition of the sculpture that is owned by a private collector.  and, a permanent installation, instead of a touring exhibition.  but also, because of the historical context.

the sculpture is a reinterpretation of the twelve animals of the chinese zodiac that once surrounded the fountain in the gardens of the old summer palace (yuanmingyuan), a qing dynasty (1644-1911) imperial retreat near beijing.  the twelve zodiac animals disappeared when british and french troops ransacked the old summer palace in 1860, during the second opium war.

recently, when some of the zodiac animals from the fountain reappeared on the art market, the sale caused an international controversy.  so, the sculpture could be considered as a political statement about looting and repatriation.

the animals from the ai weiwei sculpture are larger in scale than the animals from the qing dynasty fountain.  so, circle of animals/zodiac heads could also be considered as an ethical statement about artistic license and the differences between originals, copies, and forgeries.

ai weiwei | circle of animals/zodiac heads

shown:  tiger | rabbit | dragon | snake | horse | ram

not shown: monkey | rooster | dog | pig | rat | ox

click here and here to read more about circle of animals/zodiac heads and the zodiac animals from the fountain at the old summer palace (yuanmingyuan)

 

circle of animals/zodiac heads now has commercial connotations.  ai weiwei collaborated with anne on the design of a new wine label for the donum estate.  each year, the animal on the label will change in accordance with the chinese zodiac.  what do you think of their branding and marketing strategy?

donum estate 2014 wine label | the year of the horse

donum estate 2015 wine label | the year of the ram

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

the donum estate

24500 ramal road | sonoma, CA 95476 | (707) 939-2290

private tastings and visits to the sculpture park by appointment

listed for US$6 million.

the new york apartment (and art studio) of colombian artist, fernando botero.

900 park avenue | apartments 22D and 22E | new york, NY 10021

listed for US$6 million | sotheby’s international realty

photo credit yoo jean han via wsj.com

click here to read about the contemporary sculpture park in pietrasanta, italy, where botero also has an art studio.

fernando botero | il guerriero (the warrior) | bronze | 1992

piazza matteotti | pietrasanta, italy

fonderia (foundry):  massimo del chiaro | pietrasanta, italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

on the street.  pietrasanta, italy

via mazzini | pietrasanta, italy

via garibaldi | pietrasanta, italy

la strada degli ombrelli volante (the road of the flying umbrellas)

a street art exhibition and charity event, supporting the pietrasanta volunteer consul

for a minimum donation of five euros, supporters could purchase an inscription on the handle of an umbrella

 

on the street.  milan, italy.

via fiori chiari | milan, italy

elle italia | 30 anni di moda (30 years of fashion) | 1987-2017

a street art exhibition and party to celebrate the 30th anniversary of elle italia magazine during milan fashion week, 20-25 september 2017

 

on the street.  oakland, ca.

9th street | old town | oakland, ca

a street art exhibition

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

one time is a surprise.  two times is a coincidence.  three times is a trend.

pietrasanta, italy is an art and an artisan center.  a place to experience art.  and, a place to learn about the process of making art.

the town center not only is filled with art galleries, but also is an international contemporary sculpture park (parco internazionale della scultura contemporanea).  about 40 sculptures are either permanently installed or temporarily exhibited in the town center.  additional sculptures are installed in the surrounding towns of capezano monte, fiumetto, and tonfano.

map | parco internazionale della scultura contemporanea | pietrasanta, italy

pietrasanta is located in the foothills of the apuan alps, in lucca province, in the versilia region of tuscany, about 125 km (80 mi) west of florence

photo credit comune di pietrasanta

many of the permanent installations were donated by artists who have collaborated with the local artisan workshops that specialize in casting metal, carving marble, firing ceramics, and fabricating intarsia, mosaics, or other materials.

some of the artists, including the famous colombian sculptor, fernando botero, have studios in pietrasanta.

fernando botero | il guerriero (the warrior) | bronze | 1992

piazza matteotti | pietrasanta, italy

fonderia (foundry):  massimo del chiaro | pietrasanta, italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

when we visited fonderia artistica mariani (mariani artistic foundry), two botero sculptures were in the process of being patinaed. (for the artists’ protection, our hostess, monica, requested that we not take any photographs inside the foundry.)

fonderia mariani | via tre luci, 51 | pietrasanta, italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

at fonderia mariani, everything is handmade by master artisans, who each specialize in one phase of the lost wax casting process.


lost wax casting process

model | the artist provides the foundry with a three dimensional model, which can be scaled to any size.

mold | the scaled model is used to create a resin mold, which can be used multiple times.

copy | a wax copy of the model is made from the resin mold.  then, the wax copy is detailed.  often, with the artist’s participation or supervision.

mold | the wax copy is covered in a ceramic shell.  then, the ceramic shell is heated in the furnace.  the wax melts, but the ceramic mold remains intact.  the ceramic mold can only be used one time.

cast | molten metal is poured into the ceramic mold.  the metal solidifies as it cools.  large sculptures are cast in multiple sections from multiple molds.

finish | the ceramic molds are removed from the castings.  then, the castings are cleaned, welded, assembled, and finished.

patina | chemicals are applied to patina the metal of the finished sculpture. 


the botero warrior was cast by another foundry, fonderia d’arte massimo del chiaro (massimo del chiaro art foundery).  but, fonderia mariani cast the bronze flame on via oberdan by american sculptor helaine blumenfeld, OBE, who also has a studio in pietrasanta.

helaine blumenfeld, OBE | flame | bronze | 2015

via oberdan | pietrasanta, italy

fonderia (foundry):  fonderia mariani | pietrasanta, italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

during our visit, fonderia mariani was testing patinas for a white bronze myomu (key of dream) sculpture by japanese artist kan yasuda, another sculptor with a pietrasanta studio.  a white marble version of the yasuda sculpture is installed in the piazza della stazione.

kan yasuda | myomu (key of dream) | carrara marble | 2004

piazza della stazione | pietrasanta, italy

laboratorio (workshop):  giorgio angeli | querceta, italy

photo via kan yasuda

the white marble sculpture was carved by studio di sculptura d’arte in marmo e pietre giorgio angeli (giorgio angeli studio of art sculpture in marble and stone).  when we arrived for our visit to studio angeli, which is located in the nearby town of querceta, our hostess, marzia, was on the phone with kan yasuda.

studio angeli | via madonnina 256/b2 | querceta, italy

photo via giorgio angeli

studio angeli incorporates modern technology into the traditional marble carving process.


marble carving process

model | the artist provides the laboratorio dei marmi (marble workshop) with a three dimensional model, which can be scaled to any size.  studio angeli now uses a digital scanner to scale the artist’s model.

material | the workshop helps the artist select a block of marble or stone either from their inventory or from a local quarry.  after the block is selected, the workshop squares it off and cuts it to size using a monolama or a diamond wire saw.

rough (sbozzatura) | the workshop roughly carves the sculpture out of the block.  instead of carving the block by hand, studio angeli now uses a robot that is programmed to carve the block mechanically.

trim (smodellatura) | the sculpture is hand trimmed by a master artisan using a pointing machine to transfer the proportions and the details from the scaled model to the rough sculpture.

finish (rifinitura) | a master artisan hand finishes the trimmed sculpture by grinding and polishing the surface.  often, with the supervision of the artist.


pietrasanta is also a center for tool, mold, and model makers.  the collection of the museo dei bozzetti (sketch museum) includes about 700 models and maquettes (reduced scale models) of sculptures, by about 350 artists, that were made by local artisan workshops.

models and maquettes

museo dei bozzetti | via sant’agostino | pietrasanta, italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

including, a plaster maquette of another yasuda marble sculpture, that was carved by studio angeli, and is now in the collection of the sakata city museum of art, sakata, japan.

kan yasuda | shyosei (volare) | plaster maquette | 1991

museo dei bozzetti | pietrasanta, italy

laboratorio formatura (form workshop):  sirio navari | pietrasanta, italy

photo via museo dei bozzetti

sculptures by korean artist and pietrasanta resident, park eun sun, are on exhibition until 29 october 2017 in the chiostro di sant’augustino (cloisters of saint augustine), the former convent where the museo dei bozzetti is now located, in the piazza duomo, and in the nearby town of tonfano.

park eun sun | piazza duomo | pietrasanta, italy | 11 august-29 october 2017

organized by vecchiato arte | padova and pietrasanta, italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

exploring the parco della scultura in the pietrasanta town center is an inspiring experience.  there are sculptures everywhere.  in the squares.  on the streets.  at the roundabouts.  in the car park!

junkyu muto | il cerchio del vento (the wind circle) | marble | 2003

parcheggio (car park) piazza statuto | pietrasanta, italy

laboratorio (workshop):  ettore mariani | pietrasanta, italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

rinaldo bigi | serenata (serenade) | carrara marble | 2005

largo padre thomas mcglynn | pietrasanta, italy

laboratorio (workshop):  umberto togni | valdicastello, italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

david jungquist | l’onda (the wave)

via capriglia | pietrasanta, italy

laboratorio (workshop):  studio stagetti | pietrasanta, italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

eugenio riotto | amanti alati (lovers lure) | bronze | 2011-2012

via oberdan | pietrasanta, italy

fonderia (foundry):  fonderia versiliese | pietrasanta, italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

ron mehlman | sole scapola (sunscape)

via capriglia | pietrasanta, italy

laboratorio (workshop):  studio stagetti | pietrasanta, italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

choi yoon sook | ego | travertine | 2007

via capriglia | pietrasanta, italy

laboratorio (workshop):  studio stagetti | pietrasanta, italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

nall | quadro di pace (peace frame) | bronze and mosaics | 2006

via mazzini | pietrasanta, italy

fonderia (foundry):  fonderia versiliese | pietrasanta, italy

laboratorio mosaico (mosaic workshop):  poli & da prato | pietrasanta, italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

pietrasanta:  portale d’art (art portal)

ai weiwei: good fences make good neighbors

12 october 2017-11 february 2018

new york, NY

 

ai weiwei, the chinese artist, dissident, and activist, is building fences.

all over new york.

the city wide public art installation is so large that the sponsor, the non-profit public art fund, initiated a kickstarter campaign to help finance the project.

for the installation, the artist created fence themed sculptures for 17 public and private sites.  plus, 200 banners and 100+ documentary images to be installed on lamp posts, bus shelters, news stands, and advertising kiosks.

ai weiwei: good fences make good neighbors

rendering of the fence installation at doris c. freedman plaza | central park | 5th avenue and east 60th street | new york, NY

the plaza, which was named after the founder of the public art fund, has been the site of temporary art installations since 1977.

photo credit courtesy of ai weiwei studio/frahm & frahm and the public art fund via huffpost

the title of the exhibition is an excerpt from a poem by robert frost (1874-1963):

‘good fences make good neighbors.’

‘mending wall’ | north of boston | robert frost (1874-1963) | published in 1914

so, it seems ironic that the washington square (neighborhood) association is protesting the location of the ai weiwei fence installation in washington square park.

ai weiwei: good fences make good neighbors

rendering of the fence installation inside of washington square arch | washington square park | washington square north and 5th avenue | new york, NY

mckim, mead and white designed the arch, which was dedicated in 1895, to celebrate the centennial of the inauguration of president george washington.

photo credit courtesy of ai weiwei studio/frahm & frahm and the public art fund via huffpost

it also seems ironic that ai weiwei is fencing in the centerpiece of the 1964-1965 new york world’s fair, which had a theme of ‘peace through understanding’.

ai weiwei: good neighbors make good fences

rendering of the fence installation around the perimeter of the unisphere | flushing meadows-corona park | 111th street | queens, NY

landscape architect gilmore d. clarke (1892-1982) designed the unisphere for the 1964-1965 new york world’s fair.

photo credit courtesy of ai weiwei studio via vulture

when it was founded in 1859, the cooper union for the advancement of science and art revolutionized higher education by making it accessible to anyone.  both ai weiwei and the public art fund believe that art should be accessible to and experienced by everyone.  so, it seems unsurprising that they chose the cooper union as an installation site.  because of historical events that occurred in the great hall, the cooper union foundation building also symbolizes democracy, free speech, and equality.

ai weiwei: good fences make good neighbors

rendering of the fence installation on the facade of the foundation building | cooper union | 7 east 7th street  | new york, NY

designed by frederick a. peterson (1808-1885), the foundation building opened in 1858, one year before the opening of the cooper union.

photo credit via the public art fund

 

‘ai weiwei is unique in having combined the roles of

preeminent contemporary artist, political dissident, and human rights activist

in such a prominent and powerful way.’

-nicholas baume, director and chief curator, public art fund

 

for a complete list of installation sites,

click here to download the press release.