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Giò Pomodoro


Sun for Galileo Galilei

Piacca Poggi
The stele entitled "Sun for Galileo Galilei", by Giò Pomodoro, was inaugurated in September 1997 in Piazza Poggi, on Lungarno Serristori. With this large sculpture in pietra serena, about 9 metres in height, the recently deceased artist intended to pay homage to the astronomical research conducted by the Pisan scientist. At the top of the column, there is indeed a stylized bronze sun, which with a play of empty and full spaces, creates fascinating contrasts of light and shadow.
Giò Pomodoro (1930-2002) was an Italian sculptor, printmaker, and stage designer. In 1954 he moved to Milan, where he associated with leading avant-garde artists and started making jewelry. He then began to produce reverse reliefs in clay and also formed assemblages of various materials, including wood, textiles, and plaster subsequently cast in metal.
During the 1960s, he developed several series of sculptures, which explored a range of abstract shapes, usually with smooth undulating surfaces. In his later career, Pomodoro regularly received public commissions and produced a number of large outdoor structures.
His brother is the sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro.