PPAC: Fanor Hernández in Rome 1.

Today I wish to return six years back when we were strolling along the Appian Way in Rome and encountered memorable lively statues by Colombian sculptor Fanor Hernández.

Amore’s friend from work lives near Via Appia Antica, one of the oldest Roman roads, and he has a (female) dog. Perfect. In 2016 he and his wife invited us over and we went on quite a lengthy stroll along the Appian Way. We met a million doors and interesting buildings, among them this villa at number 222.

Its previous owner wished to evade taxes and was selling it at a very low price on paper. The state of Italy intervened as is its right and bought it for the requested price in 2002. And then an ancient thermal complex from 2nd Century AD was discovered under the vineyard. Only in Roma. They call this archaeological site Capo di Bove. You can visit it free of charge.

Even more than the site and the villa I was surprised by the sculptures set everywhere on the property. I believe they were merely temporary visitors. We were lucky. They were bronzes by Colombian artist Fanor Hernández displayed under the title “Matter and Life”. Here is the first part of the exhibition. Next week we enter the villa.

For Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) hosted by Marsha at Always Write

This day in my blogging history

Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

28 thoughts on “PPAC: Fanor Hernández in Rome 1.

  1. This post is full of amazing statues, Manja. I loved the girl in the swing, maybe because I loved to swing as a girl. Lots of joi-de-vivré in these statues. My thought about the sheep “Black Sheep, Black Sheep Have You Any Wool?” Thanks for your lovely PPAC contribution this week, Manja.

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  2. Beautiful art work and archeology. My favorite is the piece you captioned “such joy.” Significantly (perhaps), she has no head. Sometimes my busy brain gets in the way of simple pleasures….

    My family and I walked a bit down the Appian Road in 2007. Thank you for taking me back! p.s. Just a few minutes ago, I read about the Roman mosaics recently found in London. Your post arrived on its heels. A lovely coincidence! (Go Mavs! Beat the Kings!)

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    1. Thank you, Carol Ann. Did you see that? 😮 Even with Luka not playing they won by one point!! What a great team they are right now. I’m glad you got to see the Appian Way for yourself. It’s amazing to think that you’re walking on such old stones. I didn’t even notice that your favourite statue has no head! I assumed she was simply leaning back. 😀 Roman remains are everywhere, in Slovenia too. They surely got around…

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      1. Right? For me, it wasn’t love at first sight but I absolutely love it now. It’s daring and provocative. And the words are crazy.
        Don’t know if you heard of Konstrakta, but she was a part of a very popular band called Zemlja gruva before she started a solo career . Make sure you listen to them. (I suggest Najlepse zelje and Sudopera first.)

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