September 27, 2010

Angelo Stagnaro, Il Parco delle Bombosculture/Bombosculpture Park

in this image Stagnaro with "Lancillotto"

Angelo Stagnaro (1940-2018) was born in Casarze Ligure, a community on Italy's mediterranean coast, south of Genova (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 constructed sculptures, which he displayed in the garden around his house, a site named Il Parco delle 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 young hood 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.

Made from all kinds of recycled materials, sheet metal, iron elements, empty gas bottles (bombola in Italian) and so on, 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, Gano, the warrior, and many more.

The Trigoso website has an inventory and description of all sculptures.  


Stagnaro passed away in July 2018.

* Article on the Costruttori di Babele website 
* The Trigoso website (in italian, authored by ACLI, the Italian Christian Workers Organisation) has an evaluative account and pictures with comments of the sculpture garden.
* Pavel Konečný, Il mondo riciclato di Angelo Stagnaro, in: Cafe Boheme (webmagazine), feb 2013
* Series of photographs (2012) on Francesco Gali's website
* Video by Francesco Galli (6'01", uploaded jan 2013, You Tube)

first published sept 2010, last revised july 2018

Angelo Stagnaro
Il Parco dell Bombosculture
(jo Museo Mineralogico "Parmo Gemma")
Via Annuti 31
Casarza Ligure, Liguria, Italy
open for the public

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