Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Ice Sculptures of Passo Tonale

Three large ice and snow sculptures have been created to pay homage to the Passo Tonale stage of the 93 ° Giro d'Italia on May 29, 2010.

The first sculpture depicts two cyclists in a sprint in the shadow of a figure holding a primitive wheel. The sculpture was made by sculptors Ivan and Francesco Mariotti.

The second sculpture depicts the profile of Fausto Coppi, in memory of 50 years after his death. The sculpture was made by the sculptor Ivan Mariotti with the support of Massimiliano Mazzucchelli and Gerolamo Delpero.

The third sculpture, pictured above, shows two riders racing towards the finish line on the Passo Tonale. The sculpture, measuring six meters high, was made by sculptors Vernesi Achille and Gianmario Laiti, and from Valsabbino, Massimo Pasini assisted by Giovanni Monera.

It's expected that the sculptures will melt by the time the Giro arrives.

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1 comment:

  1. We can hope they'll melt! With the weather this season who knows? We've been atop Passo Gavia in July when there was still ice hanging from the crags. Spring may not come soon enough for La Corsa Rosa -- some of these passes are closed up until they're cleared just for the Giro.