This is an exhibition by mexican artist. Gustavo Aceves as photographed and animated by Illuminati.
I came across this while on holiday in Tuscany. We had been sitting in a a cafe drinking the obligatory Cappucino and trying out the long lens on my camera. Through the lens, in the distance I saw a sign "Lapidarium" "Ah", I thought "an exhibition of stones" But when I got close and the first horse hove into view, my world view changed . It was vast, made from bronze and steel, a shattered broken horse in a wrecked boat. As I looked further I found more and more of these ranging from 3 metres to ten metres long. The first horse had appeared unannounced in the night, in this tiny square of a tiny village, a present from the artist to the village he now called home. It represented in some ways the myth of Troy, the shattered boat the broken dreams of the boat people who make their way to Italy. After a week more pieces appeared in corners , in side streets, in a redundant church. No information was available apart from what I could glean from the non-english speaking invigilator. I later discovered that this was "Phase two". After I got home and did some research I found that we had missed Phase three, where the artist had lumped third more broken horses and boats into the sea at Pietrasanta Marina and then hauled them out with a crane, piece by piece to pile up on the beach.
The exhibition lasted just a few weeks and disappeared as silently as it came. The sheer scale , the epic quality and the savagery of the message left me breathless. The logistics alone, the concrete bases, the steel support superstructure, the size of the trucks and the cranes needed - and the cost.. must have run into millions of Euros. Not a sponsors name to be seen. This is what contemporary art should be about... I had not heard of Aceves. I can only assume he is Italy's version of Gormley...
This is the translated web page FYI
Pietrasanta. A new, large art event on Saturday, with Gustavo Aceves. His exhibition, Lapidary, designed and developed specifically for the complex of St. Augustine and the Piazza del Duomo will consist of four phases: the first Dead Sea, the second on April 18 with Mare Nostrum, May 17 with the Red Sea and Finally, the Black Sea on 24 May. Already started the construction is rather complex, followed by the architect Vincenzo Bramanti. One, two, three, dozens of horses, cables inside them, loads of soldiers, but of fragments of bodies, to redial. Horses that do not bring war, siege, death, but hope and life. Gustavo Aceves, Mexican artist, stops his first stage of Lapidary in Pietrasanta, where he lived and worked for two years after moving to Paris with his family and his three closest collaborators. A work in progress project: until May 31, the exhibition will change the face, the horses will increase until the final performance which will include the sea and the pier of Marina di Pietrasanta.
For months Gustavo Aceves is to work in the laboratories citizens for the realization of the works: dozens and dozens of horses in bronze, iron or fiberglass, all different, all rich in details, to weave a single puzzle. Horses that float in the air or in the water, horses firmly on the ground. The patina of the bronzes are studied in detail, the lettering, symbols are a constant reminder to walk past, present what will be.
Aceves (born in 1957, Mexico City), formerly known as a painter, sculpture in Pietrasanta bride bringing to it the peculiar traits of his pencil as the interest in the monumental and large sizes of Mexican muralism or the obvious, almost obsessive interest for the human body and its dissection that brings us back to Rembrandt in Bacon.