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Natività a Mondello

Nativities Bark Moss Stones
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Description by the artist

The bark of a Sicilian lemon tree, from Palermo’s famous Conca d’Oro, is the little house of this Sicilian nativity scene. My nativities are born from the use of natural materials, poor or recycled. I have created nativities inside oyster shells, ornamental pumpkins, string nests, rudimentary huts and tree barks. The characters inside the nativities are painted on stone, picked up in the beach of Mondello, with acrylic color, or created using a homemade paste prepared by using cornstarch, vinyl glue and oil, called cold porcelain. They were first modeled, then dressed and painted with care and love.

Details and dimensions

Materials: Bark Moss Stones
Dimensions (cm): Height 13, Width 20, Depth 9
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

The Conca d’Oro is a vast plain on which lies a good part of the city of Palermo and its surroundings. It develops around the mountains of Palermo and reaches the Mediterranean Sea. It is crossed by the Oreto river. But the real charm of this area, today strongly disfigured by the excessive urbanization, lies in its past, when it was both a lush forest and later became a lush citrus grove with its fruits that gave it that characteristic golden color from which it takes its name.

Photo Palermo, the Conca d’oro plan and Montepellegrino, oil on canvas, 1874, Francesco Lo Iacono

The Governance also suggests

The objective of the Governance is both to safeguard the traditions and ancient crafts of the people of Sicily, and to sustain economically the Artisans and the Artists, both the real ethno-anthropologists of the country.
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