September 27, 2010

Angelo Stagnaro, Il Parco delle Bombosculture/Bombosculpture Park

pictures from the website
in this image Stagnaro with "Lancillotto"

Angelo Stagnaro (1940-2018) was born in Casarze Ligure, a community on Italy's Mediterranean coast, south of Genoa (Genua), He would live there all his life.

He had a job as welder at the Riva Trigoso shipyard in Sestri Levante and in creating the metal sculptures for his art environment this experience came in handy.

A private museum and an art environment

The picture above shows him with one of his large collection of singlehandedly created sculptures, which he displayed in the garden around his house, a site named Il Parco dell Bombosculture

The house is a private museum, named Gemma Parmo (after Stagnaro's mother). Opened in 1982, it has an exposition of the many minerals Stagnaro collected from younghood on in various areas in Italy. Although a non-professional, Stagnaro earned a very good reputation as an expert on minerals. He wrote and lectured about the subject.

Initially Stagnaro wanted to use his garden to situate an extension of the museum, but this plan could not be realized, and so he used the garden for his bomboscultures.

 Harun al-Rashid
pictures from the website
in this image Stagnaro with "Lancillotto"

Made from all kinds of recycled materials, sheet metal, iron elements, and especially empty gas bottles (bombola in Italian), these creations are modeled after and show the characteristics of legendary or historical personalities, such as Ariel, the fairy of the woods, Diana, the goddess or Gano, the warrior, all together some 200 creations.


Stagnaro passed away in July 2018.

* Article on the Costruttori di Babele website 
* The websitTrigoso (in Italian, authored by ACLI, the Italian Christian Workers Organisation) has an evaluative account and a description of some twenty sculptures Stagnaro made.
* Article by Pavel Konečný, Il mondo riciclato di Angelo Stagnaro, in: web-magazine Cafe Boheme, February 2013
* On the website of Francesco Galli a series of photographs (2012) 
* Article by Gabriele Mina, El Parque de "bomboesculturas". Para Angelo Stagnaro, in:  web-magazine Bric-à-Brac, nr 2 (July 2019), p. 82-88

* Video by Francesco Galli (6'01", January 2013, YouTube)

* Video (March 2019) in a series by Costruttori di Babele (YouTube 9'22")

first published September 2010, last revised June 2019

Angelo Stagnaro
Il Parco dell Bombosculture
(jo Museo Mineralogico "Parmo Gemma")
Via Annuti 31
Casarza Ligure, Liguria, Italy
situation of the site is unclear after Stagnaro died

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