April 13, 2019

Renato Mancini, Sculture da rottami/Scrap sculptures

this picture and the next two (july 2018) 
by Gabriele Schenetti (Webstagram)

Above picture shows a garden with a large number of iron sculptures located in Massa Lombarda, a community of some 10.000 inhabitants in the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy, about 40 kilometers east of Bologna

Life and works

This art environment, located on the side of his house, has been created by Renato Mancini who was born in Massa Lombarda in 1954. 

When at age twenty he was in military service, he saw a sculpture of scrap iron depicting a rider on a horse that deeply impressed him. So once he had completed his military service, in 1976, he started to make this kind of sculptures himself, using a variety of recycled metal and scrap iron items.

He worked as a carpenter and maintenance worker at local companies, which gave him the opportunity to collect iron waste remaining in the production processes performed by the companies he worked for.

Over time, Mancini has produced an extensive range of iron sculptures, some of which are preserved indoors and some of which are set up in the garden in front of his house.

Mancini's artwork in general has a realistic slant. On his personal website he says: "The objects themselves, through their form, suggest to me what they want to become. That's how the constant collecting of recycled materials, particularly scrap iron and similar waste, has become a major part of my research and artistic work. The fact that 100% of the materials that I use are recycled is fundamental for me".

So his series of smaller sculptures includes a variety of animals like birds, turtles, penguins, cats, pelicans....., human characters like violinists, guitar players, drummers, trumpet players...., utensils like cars, bikes....

The garden at the side of his house with an area of some 1000 m², houses hundreds of items, small ones, but also a number of larger creations, which in general have a realistic appearance, but sometimes with a somewhat caricaturist approach, such as the saxophone player with a face like an insect or the character with a face consisting of a piece of kitchen sink with two sinks

The large quantity and the diversity of the works created by Mancini so far, bears witness to the great imagination, inventiveness and passion he possesses as an artist.

Mancini's personal website
* Entry on website Costruttori di Babele
Entry on the website of Francesco Galli, photographer
* Interview (2014) with Mancini by Antonella Barozzi on weblog Living Ravenna
* On Instagram two series of pictures of Mancini's creations, here and here

view from the street

Renato Mancini
Via Martiri della Libertà 201, 
Massa Lombarda, Ravenna, region Emilia-Romagna, Italy
can be seen from the street

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