Vita della Ruggine exhibition

Yesterday I attended the opening of Giuseppe Zago’s Vita della Ruggine exhibition in Montefegatesi. That roughly translates to Life of Rust.

Giuseppe takes rusty bits of farm equipment and old tools and creates whimsical art pieces. Old shovels become faces, long metal rods become birds legs, metal plates become fish, picks become cats, chains become necks for giraffes…new, fun life from thrown away objects.

Here is the artist.

Giuseppe loves making these wonderful pieces and is unsure about selling them. I think we need to convince him. I have my eye on several items for my garden.

Email him at…

Sculpture in the park

There are five sculptors working in the hot sun in the Villa Fiori gardens to create beautiful art pieces from Carrara marble…all part of the Bagni di Lucca Art Festival.

Our roving reporter Kerry braved the heat to see the action and share it with us.

Michael Cartwright is an Australian artist who lives and works in Bagni di Lucca.


His marble is taking the abstract shape of a bird.



Canadian artist Doug Robinson is working on a water and bird theme.




Sarah Danays is a UK artist who has a house in one of Bagni di Lucca’s hilltop villages. Her sculpture is taking the form of a bust to display a beautiful neckpiece.




Japanese artist Ryoichi Suzuki beautiful free form shape is developing daily.



Petra Boshart from the Netherlands is working on 2 pieces representing the flowing water of the nearby Lima River.





If you are at Ponte a Serraglio stop by the park and watch the developing sculpture. There will be a display of the finished sculptures at Ponte a Serraglio on Friday 26th July.

Go to for more on the sculpture symposium.

Rock art at Ponte a Serraglio

Someone has created a piece of rock art in the river bed at Ponte a Serraglio.



I wonder how long it will last…not very long if this rain keeps up and the river rises again.



…I didn’t have long to wait to find out. I wrote this post last night and this morning I woke up to see the river had risen. I looked out of my window and saw that the rocks were still standing, but by the time I grabbed my camera and ran outside it had been washed away. I’m glad I took photos.