Restoration of the Tritons’ Fountain of Valletta, Malta
As part of the urban redevelopment of the whole “Triton Square” the Government of Malta has requested a study on the possibility of a complete restoration of the “Tritons’ Fountain” placed in the middle of the square. For the bronze sculptures, the Ferdinando Marinelli Artistic Foundry of Florence has been contacted, for the restoration of part of the stones De Feo Restauri of Rome has been contacted, for the hydraulic and electrical systems, the Company COGE Impianti of Gela has been contacted. Discover more
On commission of the Dervishian Foundation of Montreal, Canada, we have created a 1.5 m high Armenian Cross which will be placed on a base made of “Black Africa” granite one meter high, in front of a church, in the same city as the Foundation.
Initially we studied the characteristics of this ancient symbol and the symbolism of the Armenian Apostolic Church. From this study we created a wax model of about 30 cm. which we have proposed to the customer.
After approval, we have enlarged the model up to 1.5 m. and cast it.
The Cross have then been accompanied by a commemorative plaque depicting the Cross and Mount Ararat, sacred to the Armenians.
United Nations Building in Geneva – Restoration of Paul Manship’s “Celestial Sphere”
The American Woodrow Wilson Foundation, whose president was Franklin Delano Roosvelt, (Fig. 1) contacted the American sculptor Paul Manship in 1935 (Fig. 2) for the creation of a monument to be placed in the park of the League of Nations building in Geneva, Switzerland. Manship proposed a large bronze Celestial Sphere with an iron frame, the surface of which was covered with bronze sculptures…
Dr. David B. Agus M.D. of the “Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC” in Los Angeles, interested in vaccines, asked the Ferdinando Marinelli Artistic Foundry of Florence to cast two bronze copies of the sculpture “Edward Jenner vaccinating his son”, created by Giulio Monteverde and whose original plaster is kept at the Gallery of Modern Art in Genoa together with a marble copy.
It was Jenner, in fact, who first tested the smallpox vaccine on humans in 1796.
The Foundry has obtained from Doctor Francesca Serrati, director of the GAM of Genoa, the permission to mould the original in full size.
With the faithful model, the Ferdinando Marinelli Artistic Foundry began the work for the lost wax casting in bronze of the two replicas of the sculpture.
The waxes were obtained from the casts deriving from the model and subsequently retouched.
We then moved on to bronze casting, cleaning and chiselling of the bronze parts, which were subsequently “cold” mounted. At this point the sculpture has been patinated to give it the tone and shine desired by the customer.
THE RESTORATION OF PAUL MANSHIP’S “CELESTIAL SPHERE” FOR THE UNITED NATIONS PALACE IN GENEVA CONTINUES
The original internal bronze skeleton of the Sphere has been restored, the various fractures and cracks have been welded, the surfaces have been cleaned and patinated again.
The sculptures of the constellations, restored and gilded with gold leaf, are reassembled on the internal skeleton.
The originally iron outer skeleton has been replaced with an identical stainless steel skeleton.
The bronze base has been restored and reinforced, stainless steel pins have been applied to unload the weight of the Monument on the concrete base, without weighing on the bronze as before.
The UN Commission came to the Foundry to test the restoration and movement of the Sphere.
The technicians approved the work and complimented Marinelli. They were fascinated by the new numerical control rotation system designed and executed by the company Lanaro srl, our subcontractor.