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 Jesolo International Sand Sculpture Festival 2012 "Venice"
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Crew of Carvers
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Micheala
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The Rialto Bridge  
The first bridge (of boats) that in Rialto connected the sides of the economic-commercial center of the “Civitas Veneciarum” was built according to tradition, by Nicolò Barattieri around 1180. Within the context of the great Venetian development of the XIII century, a wooden bridge on piles was built in its place in 1265. Seriously damaged by the Bajamonte Tiepolo conspirators in 1310 and collapsed in 1444, the bridge was rebuilt, always in wood, but wider with a double row of shops on the sides and with a drawbridge in the center.
    On 10 January 1514 a terrible fire almost completely destroyed the Realtine area and the disastrous event forced to rethink about the functions and structures of the large market and among these the bridge. While the reconstruction of the “fabriche de Rialto” (Factories of Rialto) proceeded, the decision regarding the bridge was delayed for decades, even if the best architects of the period, among them J. Sasovino, A. Palladio  and V. Scamozzi were working on the project.
    The choice was really difficult: building a stone bridge would have modified the urban structure of Venice, thus causing the end of the port function of the Canal Grande; it would have favored the pedestrianisation of the city and the creation of new interchange areas.
    Finally in 1588 it was decided to realize the design of the “proto” (expert) Antonio Da Ponte and despite the continuous discussions and some work stoppage the new bridge of Rialto was inaugurated in 1591. The work, very imposing for the period, hushed up the denigrators: the beauty and functionality of its architecture were universally recognized as the courage and quality of its engineering solutions, the one of Rialto was, in fact, the largest single span stone bridge of the world.

The Master Sand Sculptors
1.) Susanne Ruseler - Holland
the Doge & The Lion of Venice

2.)
Ilya Filamontsev - Russia
 Invasion of the Goths


3.)
Etual Ojeda -Spain
The relics of St Mark
4.)  Karen Fralich - Canada
The Pope, Barbarossa & the Doge

5.)
Brad Goll - USA
Arsenale & Buccintoro


6.) John Gowdy - Italy
Doctor
7.) John Gowdy - Italy
 Merchants


8.) John Gowdy - Italy
Pprinters

9.) Sikke-Bart Freiling - Netherlands
Santa Maria Salute church
10.) Bill Dow  - USA
Casanova at Piombi


11.)
Leonardo Ugolini - Italy
St Marks Basilica

 
12.)
Michela Ciapinni - Italy
Rialto Bridge

13.) David Ducharme - Canada
The plague


14.)
Andrius Petkus - Lithuania
Old Carnivale

Damon Farmer - USA
Scenic paintings
With:  
Arena Ojeda - Spain       Christine Nichol - Canada       Hazel Nichol Ducharme - Canada      Laura Gowdy Cimador - Italy
And the
 Art Student Helpers
Lisa Longo

Giorgia Lovato
Davide Ercocano

Silvia Trevisan
Giulia Girardi

Beatrice Mattiuzzo
Elisabetiva Botter

Alessio Moggian
Giada Frattina

Noemi Cini

Directed by:  Rich Varano - USA
  Assistant to the Director:  Elena Lana

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