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 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 constructed 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 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, 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.

Morgana

Stagnaro passed away in July 2018.

Documentation
* 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 a description of some twenty sculptures Stagnaro made.
* Pavel Konečný, Il mondo riciclato di Angelo Stagnaro, in: Cafe Boheme (webmagazine), feb 2013
* Series of photographs (2012) on Francesco Gali's website
* Gabriele Mina, El Parque de "bomboesculturas". Para Angelo Stagnaro, in:  webmagazine Bric-à-Brac, nr 2 (July 2019), p. 82-88

Videos
* Video by Francesco Galli (6'01", uploaded jan 2013, You Tube)


* Video (march 2019) in a series by Costruttori di Babele (You Tube 9'22")


first published sept 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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