Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wassat Out The Window, Dad?








When your holidaying on the Spanish Costas, driving your rental Ford Focus, little Billy’s ice cream cornet dripping down your neck, you may see some ironwork sculptures by the roadside. They adorn roundabouts and parkland, sea shores and hillside terraces.

If you’re interested, they are the work of a young man named Toni Mari. He began work for a local Spanish blacksmith, aged 14 where he learned all about forging cast iron. There was once a blacksmith’s shop in most English towns but now they are hard to find. In Spain this craft still flourishes in the countryside.

Young Toni Mari made little iron figurines of bulls and other animals. It wasn’t long before neighbours commissioned work from him. And so he progressed to larger works. Soon Town Halls asked for Municipal art for their towns and seaports and Toni Mari became recognised as an artist in iron.

He has exhibited in New York, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona. But most of his work is local to the holiday town beloved by Brits, Javea, Costa Blanca where he was born. He still works in a small, roadside forge beneath the Montgo Mountain. A true Hephaestus.

See his gallery here.

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