Carver Notes and Reference Material
 for
 The Nativity
 Jesolo, Venice, Italy 2005
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     The sculptural style of the Nativity we will make is in what is known as the Neapolitan Baroque Crèche . It is a cross between high baroque and renaissance styles of dress, architecture and culture. It is not really relevant to what actual period clothing and culture would likely have been at the time and in the location of the birth of Christ . Further, in keeping with this very popular method of rendering the Nativity,  the overall sand sculpture should be a more "busy" type of design than what is common today. That is a lot going on. A lot of action and elements all crowded together, whereby any single element may almost be lost in the overall scheme. You will notice this in some of the reference art here where there are crowd scenes, and that is the effect we want, on purpose.

Please print out whatever you would like to have, and bring it with you to the job.

 I will not have the reference art available for you in Italy.



CLICK HERE FOR THE REFERENCE ART GALLERY


CLICK HERE FOR SOME SKETCHES OF THE  PROPOSED DESIGNS asktch02anunc.jpg (172689 bytes)


This year we are all working on one long rectangular pound up (front view only) It's 19 meters long and 4 meters tall. (the big poundup is done before you get there.) We will do some satellite poundups in round plastic forms at the bottom, in front of the big rectangle.
The poundup is shown here:
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The face of the big rectangle will be divided into three sections. Teams of three carvers*  work on each section. We will have to coordinate on site to make all the sections blend well together. There is other carving going on for each section, (make it 'busy') but each section should include a part that is the title of each section:

*For over three hundred years people who make nativity figures and sculptures have a proud place in the Italian culture.We are known as the “Figurarum Sculptores” commonly called “Figurari.” 

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