Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Madonna - the sacred and the profane
I was going to do a post about the difference between sacred and secular art, but then I got sidetracked by my search for a Cuturi air-hammer, Model D, pencil-sized one, which I am trying to purchase for some very lightweight marble carving.
Well, I ended up doing a post on the difference between sacred and secular art anyway, as illustrated by some of the images I came up with in my search for the air hammer.
The above is how they use these carving power-hammers in Italy, where they are all made. Note the Madonna copy. Note the traditional newspaper hat as well.
This is how they employ the hammers in the good old USA. Where's the newspaper hat? This photo is also taken from a sales point for Cuturi hammers.
Here is another American site which loves these Italian air-hammers so much, he has wrapped them in the Stars and Stripes before photographing them and posting the picture up. I began to think that the obsession with 'butts' in every context was a peculiarly American thing, especially when I found the picture below, also brought up by searching for Cuturi air-hammers.
Then I looked a little closer. This sculpture was made by an old, very British friend of mine called Barry Baldwin, who used to run a stone yard just outside Bath, and one of whose sculptures adorns our local Waitrose supermarket, albeit at such a height that even I forget it is there most times I walk past.
Now I think about it, Barry's idea of a good holiday was to go down to the Tex-Mex border for a couple of weeks of honky-tonking, so I suppose I shouldn't be so surprised.