After a jury awarded him first prize in the prestigious Umberto Mastroianni Award in 2010, Egyptian born artist Armen Agop recently installed his award-winning stone fountain in the Italian town of Barge, Piedmonte Italy.
The fountain, carved from a local stone called “Luserna,” elegantly unites the past and the present with a composition that is in harmonic agreement with the environment. His design was chosen by a majority vote by the residents of Barge and placed in the garden of the Piazza Stazione (Train Station) on April 14, 2012.
The Sculpture Biennale was named the “Umberto Mastroianni” award to celebrate one of the greatest Italian sculptors, and for many years this event has been active in Turin and the Piedmont region, to provide an opportunity for the promising sculptors. Since its first edition, the award is to create a permanent work at the expense of the Piedmont region, to be placed in one of its communities. During the past seven editions, the award, whose participation is by invitation only, was assigned to the most important artists on the international scene.