In early 2019, we celebrated our 100th anniversary and the division Quartz Industries used this opportunity to go big at this year’s art exhibition – the Italian Stone Theatre – at the Marmomac fair in Verona in September.
Since 2015, the Italian Stone Theatre displays products of 100% Italian stone processing technology and experiments with materials. The creativity of designers is paired with professional construction skills and technical expertise of Italian industrial companies.
Tyrolit Vincent was already involved in the Percorsi d’Arte exhibition, to investigate how their machinery and their diamond tools could be used artistically to process stone materials.
The exhibition seeks to highlight the relationship of artistic expression and technology with the naturalness of stone. In recent years, with the spread of numerical control technologies more and more businesses in the natural stone sector have installed high-performance systems.
In 2019, Marmomac opened the Stone Theatre under the theme of Naturality of Stone in its purest aspect. To contribute something special in our celebratory year, we cooperated with the artist Sylvestre Gauvrit to create a sculpture in White Carrara marble called “Sotto la buccia trovi l’anima” – under the skin you find the soul. Gauvrit employed the use of TYROLIT tools, from diamond wires for quarrying and profile cutting the block to the carving wheels used on CNC machinery.
“This sculpture reflects our human naturalness,” claims the artist Sylvestre Gauvrit. “We are all somewhat rough at first glance, as rough as the surface of marble used over centuries for various positive and negative purposes that in some way forge our skin. Yet inside us, underneath, lies the treasure of our soul. Through this sculpture and this allegory, I hope to remind people that we should never stop at appearances, but have patience and curiosity allowing other people to open up like flowers in spring.”
The sculpture was on display from 25 to 28 September 2019 in Verona and will find its final destination at the TYROLIT headquarter of Quartz Industries, in Thiene (Italy)