From the Dolomites to Mexico, from Bassano del Grappa in Guadalajara, a wooden sculpture by Toni Venzofinds itself a star in the main courtyard of the University of Michoacan. The occasion is an international symposium of sculpture of wood.

Perhaps because the mountain of Guadalajara recalls the view of Monte Grappa above Pove, perhaps because the valley of the Rio Santiago (Barranca de Oblatos) resembles the valley of the Brenta, or perhaps for the large urban forest of Colomos.

Maybe because it was the capital of American culture in 2005, or perhaps because it is a growing city, Guadalajara invests in art and its streets and houses are adorned with valuable works. The art galleries host symposiums, exhibitions and attract artists from around the world.

This is what happened when Toni Venzo was invited to a sculpture symposium (Symposium Internacional de Escultura en Madeira) organized in Colomos Bosque in Guadalajara where internationally renowned sculptors of wood and Mexican artists were called upon to sculpt some woods of the local forest.

“Lifting its roots to the sky. This Eucalyptus was laying in the park waiting for me for twenty years!!! “says Toni Venzo about the trunk that they were granted to sculpt.

The symposium was organized by Colomos Bosque Cultural to bring to life the excitement of artistic creation asking sculptors worked in the middle of the park under the eyes of visitors. An opportunity to appreciate their art in a relaxed environment while the eight artists worked on several local species, including eucalyptus, mango and Giacaranda, Morada rose tree or palo de rosa.

“The idea is to make the public see the process of creation of several sculptors so that people are as close to the artists and talk to them about the work they are doing,” says Ana Paula Luna, sculptor and organizer of the symposium.

Toni Venzo was also honoured to speak at the University of Michoacan during the presentation of his sculpture to the institution, and the experience left him with a wonderful memory. His sculpted figures that seem to be flowing naturally shaped by wind or water, as if not by the hands of the sculptor, have enchanted Guadalajara and have enhanced Toni’s international reputation.

Art is the best investment that a city can do for the welfare of its citizens. From the time of Rome, through the Medici renaissance to the baroque, Italy was made great by hundreds of years of investment in art and architecture, and today its art is a major international tourist destination.