A Nest of Love for Davide
There are things that are difficult to express through words, especially things related to emotions and inner feelings. I have had the fortune to discover the craft of lost wax and it is through this technique and matter that I can let go of what I have inside and speak my mind.
I never plan what I create, I just allow my hands to connect to my inner feelings and often the result of my work is a revelation even for myself.
Today I am dedicating this post to a very special person and am opening my heart, as it is all about an extremely personal experience. To pay tribute to this friend of mine, I called cellist Michael Lech (in the photos) to play in my workshop while I was giving the finishing touches to the sculpture created for my beloved friend. Sculpture in fact is another of my greatest passions, an important part of my work, and this is probably why I used this means to give shape to such an intense experience.
This person is called Davide and he now rests in peace, above in the sky, from where he guards us like an angel.
Davide was one of my best friends, we have known each other for over 30 years and he was also a great friend of my brother, so much that they were like brothers themselves. Davide was the kind of friend who I could always rely on, a constant presence, a certainty. The shoulder I could cry on. He taught me and all the people he cared about, like his fiancée and his friends, how to love.
For Davide love has no boundaries, no limits. Love goes beyond difficulties and I wish to honor this incredible lesson.
Unfortunately everything happened too quickly. He became ill and in a very short time left us. Those were terrible months, I think the worst of my life. But even during those hard times he managed to be generous and caring, he was more worried about us than himself, and thanks to him, myself and other few very close people, well... we became even closer, helping one another.
After a while, one day in my workshop I was shaping wax as always, when I realized that I had created a Nest of Love for Davide. A small sculpture that represents love, friendship and strength. It depicts a hug among all of us. Davide is the biggest figure, on the boat, because the sea was so important to him.
He is hugging his mother Franca, as he knew she needed him. He appears again in the sculpture while driving his jeep, another thing he loved to do. Then there is my brother, and myself and Barbara holding on to one another.
In those months we all returned him the love he has always proved to us over the years and with this sculpture I was able to free myself from the pain and express all the good. A small object that means so much to me and that helps me feel him close everyday.
I hope you too have the fortune in life to meet special people and that you will never fear to express your love to those near you. This I have learned and will treasure forever.
My Nest of Love for Davide will remind me about it everyday.
Thank you for reading this personal story. A special thank you to Michael for coming here and sharing this emotional moment with me. Forever grateful.
You can see the video dedicated to Davide here