Santa Margherita Ligure hamlet di San Lorenzo della Costa Anno 2008
h: 210 cm
Executed in 1998
The monument is located on the Via Aurelia in the hamlet of San Lorenzo della Costa situated on Santa Magherita Ligure.
By car you reach the highway A12 exit at Rapallo or Recco. In both cases, on the Via Aurelia; towards Genoa for the first output, while, in the direction of La Spezia for the second. For those arriving by train, the Santa Margherita Ligure station is the stop for the buses to Camogli and Recco leading to San Lorenzo della Costa.
[…] The sudden gap between the abstract nature of Il roveto ardente and the figurative representation favoured by the artist, is particularly noticeable in respect of a piece of work completed some years before, Il lavoro degli antichi (The Work of the Ancients), a monumental composition made in 1998. Here the artist’s love for Liguria translates into a lyrical representation of the farmers’ hard work while growing olive trees – whose rough and twisted bark is carved with amazing realism – and in the construction of the terraces, the so-called “fasce”, which have changed the profile of the mountains into archaic pyramids erected by ancient peoples. […]
[…] In the artist there is no idealization like in the Greek bronze, but an imaginative and concrete reading which makes Lustig a poet of the material and at the same time the narrator of a human condition in its composite identity and uniqueness. Those are not casual occasions in which the artist lives an anomalous, wanted tension estranging himself from the subject and from the nullifying of the emotional perception becoming an interpreter of reality sic and simpliciter, that is of a reality free from any subjective input and from perceptive or interpretative insertion. The sculpture Il lavoro degli antichi (The Labour of the Ancients) is a fitting assumption of it. In this work the sculptor turns into a cold reporter of the labour as an everyday ritual, as a human condition, as a habit to suffering, as salt and bread of the tribulation, but also of the nobility of the human being. […]