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Alessandro Rametta

Alessandro Rametta Metalworker
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Playing with fire

  • • Alessandro loves to experiment with various types of metal
  • • In 2018 he received the Maestro d'Arte e Mestiere (MAM) prize
  • • La Fucina di Efesto is a tribute to Hephaestus, the Greek god of fire

Alessandro Rametta chose to call his workshop a forge (fucina in Italian) because it describes the environment that he wanted to recreate when he decided to dedicate his life to this profession. Then he added the name of Hephaestus, the Greek god of fire and forger of weapons and tools. Alessandro has spent many days and nights inside his Fucina di Efesto, thinking, creating and melting metals, giving life to sculptures and design objects that have already earned him the title of master in the art of forging. In receiving the Maestro d’Arte e Mestiere prize, given every two years to the best artisans in Italy, Alessandro feels he has been “rewarded for all the hard work”.

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Works

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Iocus Mundi

Iocus Mundi is an armillary sphere made up of concentric circles in multiples of three. It is a model of the celestial sphere in which the graded metal rings surrounding it represent the poles, the equator, the ecliptic, meridians and parallels, with symbols of the planets and zodiac in inlaid brass.

Height 140 cm
Length 61 cm
Width 61 cm

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Per Egeo

Ginkgo biloba is the oldest living plant species on earth. Sacred to Buddhists and often used to protect the holy places of the East, it is a symbol of resistance, of the union of opposites. These characteristics and symbols inspired La Fucina di Efesto to craft this monumental sculpture, depicting the typical two-lobed ginkgo leaves.

Height 3.4 m
Length 1.2 m
Width 1.2 m

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Cuore

This polished iron sculpture is one of a series in which Alessandro explores and interprets parts of the human anatomy.

Height 30 cm
Length 20 cm
Width 20 cm

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Despina

Despina is part of a body of work, each piece unique and original, deriving from the aesthetic exploration of various metals and experimenting with processing techniques and colour combinations. Iron is a living material that protects itself from atmospheric agents by oxidizing and assuming dark, polychrome shades. “Opening the outer skin reveals the inner soul, a metaphor for a non-healing wound.”

Height 90 cm
Length 64 cm
Width 20 cm

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