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Neal Barabar sculpture in Forte dei Marmi (Lucca)

scultura1From July 4 to September 27 the Hotel Byron in Forte dei Marmi opens again its doors to the world of culture and contemporary art with an exhibition of sculptures created specifically for these areas by the Californian Neal Barabar.
There are approximately ten pieces placed in the garden and in some rooms with the intention of bringing the public to know better and better a large community of national and international artists working and living around Pietrasanta.
Neal Barabar works in his studio in Pescarella between Pietrasanta and Forte dei Marmi, with other artists working in marble. The study is a short walk from many laboratories in the area. This allows him to have many types of marble from the quarries from both local and those imported from around the world.
The marble used for the works presented has strong, deep, warm and superimposed colours so to make possible to achieve vertical compositions of different forms. In some works as the Marble Mini Ping forms are derived from diamonds superimposed on each other.
Barabar Neal has never used a marble of a single type, for example, the typical white Carrara marble. forte
He believes that the rich colour that is obtained by mixing colours gives another dimension to the sculpture, it’s almost like painting with the stone. The most used marble are the Turkish leopard, also known as Raggio di Luna, the China ming green marble, similar to jade, the Portuguese pink marble with inserts of large crystals.
A hotel as an area of exposure? Yes, this is an alternative to galleries and museums, provides a different accessibility of the public. The hotel is akind of alternative house. You can live with art, you can play and interact, which in a gallery or a museum would not be possible.
The physical dimensions of the interior of Byron Hotel and the inability to use a forklift created problems in putting large-scale sculptures made all of one piece, so the artist has opted for the solution to link into various components, which were then were assembled on site, thus giving rise to a surprising monumentality in such intimate spaces, especially inside the rooms.
Neal Barabar, after studying at the University of California, Santa Cruz, since 1987 lives and works in Pietrasanta, home to many international artists and sculptors who have created in this corner of Versilia their open studios. Many of his works are in public and private collections in California, Germany, China and Sweden and also in Italy.
Hotel Byron is situated on Lungomare di Forte dei Marmi, a short walk from the famous Capannina. The hotel has been drawn from the union of two liberty villas. These villas have been for many years a meeting point of the nobility associated with the Savoy and later were used as a hotel but retaining its original characteristics.
2Byron Hotel
Viale A. Morin 46
Forte dei Marmi
0039 0584 787052
entrance free from 10.00 to 20.00.

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