“Lovers” , 3.40 metres high, is the largest marble sculpture in Japan.
The largest marble sculpture in Japan depicts the soft embrace between two people and is the first of a series of works of art on the theme of affection between individuals.
In the coming months new sculptures will be created for various cities around the world.
In order to make the largest marble statue in Japan, the quarrymen of the Gioia Cooperative had to extract a customized block.
“It was not a simple operation…” Anselmo Ricci, President of the Cooperativa Gioia explains.
“…because the sculptor already has his work in mind and ‘sees’ it in the mountain.”
“We quarrymen must be able to identify exactly the same things, the same measures, the same dimensions, the same depths.”
“…so we worked like tailors making a tailored suit for Minako“.
“I felt I had to measure myself with Carrara marble, it has always been a dream – Minako Yoshino points out – thanks to the quarrymen of Carrara I managed to make it. ”
“Moreover Lovers also tells this, the love of an artist for such a precious and unique material as marble. I fell in love with it studying Michelangelo“.
As Minako Yoshino says: “My new dream is that this embrace may one day find a home in other cities such as Berlin and Hiroshima, two symbols of how love can heal the wounds produced by wars to build a better future”.
The author thought of this work in homage to Toyoma, her hometown.
The largest marble statue in Japan, left on 17 December 2019 from the Port of Marina di Carrara and will arrive on the Japanese coast in late February 2020.
Starting from March 2020 “Lovers” will permanently occupy the square of the local station.