First edition of “Marble Stories” #M16 – Creating today the history of tomorrow
Jury awards James Fausset Harris
After 110 years from its foundation, a time during which it has become a hallmark of world architecture, Margraf has inaugurated the first edition of Marble Stories in Chiampo, near Vicenza. It is an international exhibition, which will focus every year on art, design and architecture. The first edition, titled #M16, where M stands for man to underscore the craftsmanship and manual skills of excellence at Margraf, and 16 stands for this year, was curated by Giulio Delvè, an artist of international renown who works between the cities of Naples where he was born and Berlin. This year’s theme was “A Soft Stone Born from the Sea.” Vicenza stone, also called soft stone, formed from the collapse of blocks of limestone, from the collapse of the coral reef in the warm, calm, shallow waters of a tropical lagoon that covered the present-day geographical area and was located at latitudes near the equator. This natural material which, once skilfully quarried and processed by Margraf, is used to create unique and timeless works of architecture was born from the sea. Margraf hosted 6 international artists at its headquarters for a one-week artist-in-residence programme during which they had a block of 1 cubic metre of Vicenza stone to shape as they pleased, from 3:00 pm on Monday, August 29th, to noon, Sunday, September 4th. On that day an authoritative jury comprising leading artists and art collectors judged their sculptures. The works was exhibited from September 29th to October 1st in Verona at the Marmomacc International Trade Fair and sold for charity by the end of the year. The proceeds will be entirely donated to the Città della Speranza—City of Hope—Foundation, which has been engaged for years in the fight against paediatric haematological malignancies.