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Italian artist sculpts a Fiat 500 out of marble

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Italian artist sculpts a Fiat 500 out of marble
Italian artist Nazareno Biondo poses on his ongoing sculpture made with Carrara's marble representing the iconic car Fiat 500. Photo: MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP
14:32 CEST+02:00
A young Turin-based artist has spent months sculpting a life-size Fiat 500 car out of a 15-tonne block of white Carrara marble in a work he sees as a critique of today's consumerist, throw-away society.
Armed with his circular saw and a face mask to keep away the dust, Nazareno Biondo began work on the piece last year, slowly and meticulously hewing out of stone a copy of the iconic "Topolino", the original small two-door rear-engined city car that still symbolises, 60 years after its launch, Italy's post-war economic boom. 
 
"It's my biggest work so far," the thirty-something sculptor told AFP in his atelier on the outskirts of Turin, a city which is also home to the famous car brand. 
 
Biondo, who graduated from Turin's Albertina Academy of Fine Arts, specialises in working in marble, and has already carved gold ingots, bundles of dollars and even a Vespa motor scooter out of the white stone. 
 

Photo: MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP
 
But far from being a symbol of the "Dolce vita", his "Cinquecento" will be an evocation "of a bygone era, where the future of my generation could still be decided," he said. 
 
Once it is completed, probably in a few months, the work will look like a car ready for the scrapyard, "because my pieces are a reflection of consumerism, of the waste of contemporary society," he said. 
 

Photo: MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP
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