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The practice of wood carving has its roots in the past

The practice of wood carving has its roots in the past

The idea of ​​favoring sculpture as an artistic form is closely linked to the past of Bardonecchia and the Alta Valle Susa. In fact, in our territory, the practice of wood carving has its roots in the past.

The choral lectern of the parish church of Millaures (fraction of Bardonecchia), richly carved and bearing the inscription “MB de MELESETO – 1508” is currently the oldest epigraphic evidence of the existence or origin of the Melezet Fraction of Bardonecchia of artists and / or skilled artisans carvers and sculptors.

Families, dynasties and generations that passed on the art of carving and sculpture in stone and wood, originating from Melezet (as evidenced by the surnames, still present today, of families) and other municipalities and hamlets of the Alta Valle Susa ( or Alta Valle della Dora Riparia) like the Faure dynasty of Thures (fraction of Cesana) which also operated in the Upper Valley, creating valuable wooden works (including altars, retables, sculptures and furnishings).

If the majority of the stone works is almost always signed by the author, it is not the same for the numerous wooden works that still exist in the Upper Valley. They are polychrome statues, also of altars, waterfalls of fruit and flowers, spirals, angels and saints, vine shoots, works by anonymous authors, some of local origin, made with ingenuity and modest workmanship, other times with taste and mastery. The wealth of this local production has meant that some scholars and authors of publication of history, custom in local art, especially at the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, have considered possible the attribution of such works to the so-called “School of Melezet”.

So the sculpture is part of the history and tradition of Bardonecchia. The particular usability of this artistic genre, the possibility to place the works in different contexts, both in special spaces and in natural environments, the possibility of acquiring over time works that contribute to the improvement of the urban decor of our city and give it an artistic connotation recognizable, they are additional elements that we have taken into account when thinking about this project.

From the school of Melezet, cradle of the history and tradition of wood carving to snow sculptures. Considering that tradition is also to be built in the present, with a multi-year project of sculptures on snow and wood: nature gives an artistic exhibition of itself through the hand of man.

Sculptures on wood

The geographical position and the history make Bardonecchia a place of transit and international culture while the wealth of artistic evidence present in the basin proves the existence of a remarkable transalpine cultural vitality that clearly transpires from many bell towers of the churches belonging to the Provencal architectural area .

In fact, there are 53 religious buildings on the territory: from the five parish churches to the numerous frescoed chapels, to the votive piers scattered throughout the valleys to more than 3000 meters.

These testimonies of popular devotion constitute and contain an artistic and architectural heritage of considerable interest: characteristic bell towers, baroque retables (altar exhibits), fifteenth century frescoes, sculptures and polychrome wooden carvings, baptismal sources and stone carvings, fine furnishings.

Many of the wooden works in the buildings of worship come from the School of Intaglio Melezet: well known already between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries throughout the Valle di Susa and in the Vallée de la Maurienne, currently continues its work through training courses for children and adults.

The tradition continues: in July 1981 in Bardonecchia, a wood carving competition was organized for the first time in Italy. Today the form of the competition has left space for an international meeting called “Sculptures in the Alps”.

So the sculpture is part of the history and tradition of Bardonecchia. The particular usability of this artistic genre, the possibility to place the works in different contexts, both in special spaces and in natural environments, the possibility of acquiring over time works that contribute to the improvement of the urban decor of our city and give it an artistic connotation recognizable, they are additional elements that we have taken into account when thinking about this project.

The evolution of this symposium involved the participation of sculptors from all over the world. It is also expected that the sculptures created during the event will be placed, in agreement with the Administrations concerned, in the different municipalities of the Alta Valle Susa Mountain Community territory. In this way we intend to continue a territorial project, started with the 2003 edition, able to combine the artistic creativity and the cultural identity of the Alpine tradition with a multi-year urban furnishing program.

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