They began last Saturday, in the courtyard of the rectory of Fanano, in the province of Modena, the work on the ‘Statue of Francis’ by the German Marc Bertram; the sculptor has won the competition with the work ‘Nicht Fallen’ (translation, ‘Do not fall’) that by October will be donated to Bergoglio for the Vatican Gardens.
The Statue of Bertram – reminds the Press Valli del Cimone – won against 11 artists from different parts of Italy and of from the whole world. Fanano has always been the ‘City of Carved Stone’ and to stimulate the conscience even more in view of the International Symposium of Sculpture in Stone of 2017 the Municipality of Fanano and the Association ussp (Urban Stone Sculpture Park) have launched a competition to donate a piece to the Pope.
The title “Nicht Fallen” is so explained by its author who quotes the German National Anthem: “You cannot fall lower than in the hands of the Lord that He stretched towards everyone because of His mercy.” Two hands, in fact, as if they backed each other, constitute the statue carved in Fanano Sandstone, which will be two meters high and one and a half meters wide, considering the base and work itself.
“Mercy can also mean reaching out to the one who is looking for help – the author goes on. Through my sculpture, I try to create an effect of tension between the two hands, like a cave that provides security, or you can even see the inside of a ship that allows sunrays as glimmers of hope. Considering the current global situation, I dedicate this sculpture to all the aides on the ground and at sea, who help refugees in need of help and to all those people for whom help has not arrived in time,” says the artist.