Whenever Mariano Pietrini decides to carve a stone, he stands in front of it expressing a deep respect towards the natures’ creation made over the centuries, lightly touched by the wind, smoothed by water or rolled down the hill, and he start what he defines as “dialogue.” A dialogue established through a fantasy language, made up of energy exchange between the man and the matter, made of sweat and effort, thought vibration of extraordinary sensitivity. The hands of the artist, who feels the roughness of the stone and follows its veins is anapparent example of Pinocchio sculpture.
Before the ethnographic workshop that opens the museum of Jalari Park the stone of a donkey is placed. It presents the sides of the face of pointed ears reminiscent of a donkey, but the long nose looks like he is about to fall, it is placed downwards and not straight as it is usually represented the puppet Pinocchio, since the shape of the tuff made it possible for this type of groove on its surface, determining the final result.
In addition to the dialogue, the sculptor says they are some stones that call him and ask him to carve, as can be seen by reading his books “The Light” and “The Waiting.”
Over the course of his artistic cycle, Mariano Pietrini engages in all possible sculptural forms. Let’s take a look at some examples in chronological order, he begins with a bas-relief realizing masks including “Eolo” Fountain “Olympus of the Gods” of Park-Museum Jalari.
The high relief is visible in the sculpture “Honesty”, “Ajax”, “the slothful” etc.
The all-round shape we find in the following sculptures: the “Muse” the Garden of the Muses, “Avarice”, the stones representing the sins in the square Aromas and Flavors, sculpture “The Light” (the latter given to Telethon in 2001 and placed in Fidenza, city that is famous for scientific research) and many others.
Among the composite sculptures “The Scream”, “The Energy Universe of Beauty” and “The Great Stone Book” (the latter is about the size of 1500 square meters (4921 square feet).
Despite the variety of sculptural types of representations and meanings, Mariano Pietrini puts in all of the common characteristics, which become symbols that characterize his style.
In countless stones there are the traits all aimed towards a central hub that represents rays of light which Mariano Pietrini givesthe meaning of life energy. This energy gives life to the stone itself and represents the life-force that a man can draw from.
Often the lines of the sculptures are moving waves that represent the vital energy birth with an explicit reference to the sea waves. You can see it in the sculpture “The Desire of Pleasure”, the “Hope”, etc.
the sudden evolution
The early works are rich in details and far more realistic, gradually fading into the details and eventually you will reach more abstract works, deeply connected tospirituality.