The fisherboy of Portobello
The Bay of Portobello is certainly a rare gem in the as enchanting landscape of the Ligurian Riviera. Naturalistic, architectural beauties and taste of tradition merge into a really unique harmony. You might think that nothing is missing to make it perfect and, in fact, a lot of people think that just nothing should be added or removed to preserve the image.
But Leonardo Lustig’s proposal immediately suggested to us that his Pescatore (fisherboy) could be a new presence capable of echoing, in its harmonious simplicity, all that the Bay already and always tells dwellers who live it and visitors who admire it.
A presence which almost mingle with the life that goes on in the Bay, but, at the same time, a figure that fascinates as though it came from a fairy tale.
We are sure that tourists will have one more reason to visit our Town and the Bay and we are equally certain that the inhabitants of Sestri Levante will consider this new ‘guest’ like a son of their own traditions, made up of sea, work… but also of fairy tales.
We are most grateful to the Artist who was able to capture this spirit and wanted to return it to us with his Pescatore.
We are also grateful to Mr Gianfranco Traverso who promoted and supported the writing of this beautiful page of art and culture in the history of Sestri Levante.
Thanks to Mr Massimo Solari who, with his tireless love for Sestri Levante, has encouraged this nice meeting.
2013, Valentina Ghio (The mayor of Sestri Levante)