KEVIN BERLIN: Maestro Luciano Pavarotti Tribute:
DATE: September 9-10, 2007
Piazza Della Signoria, Florence, Italy.
A sculpture tribute to Maestro Luciano Pavarotti was placed in the center of Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy on the weekend of September 9.
The sculpture installation, entitled “The Three Pavarottis,” was composed of three bronze portrait ‘heads’ (eight times life-size, each) placed in a way that allows the viewer to walk freely between them.
Maestro Pavarotti posed for the sculptures in Modena, Italy as part of a “Heroes of Our Times” project initiated by the artist to correspond with an exhibition at Heller Gallery in New York City in 2005.
Artist Kevin Berlin envisioned Maestro’s portrait as a “force of nature” - like a mountain, volcano or storm. Three heads, rather than one, were needed to tell the story. The sculptures are in constant transformation as the viewer moves around them – from an abstract mass - to a figurative work that takes sharp focus.
The Artist spent more than one year on the original clay model, which was the basis for the bronze castings. A special casting was presented to the Maestro for his personal collection, at his home in Modena in honor of his 70th birthday in October 2006.