Here is “The Surf Girl”, a sculpture by Salvatore Fiume (1915-1997) in Fiumefreddo Bruzio, one of Italy’s Most Beautiful Villages (Borghi più belli d’Italia), in the province of Cosenza.
Fiume’s bronze statue was part of a plan – which the Sicilian artist (born in Comiso) had proposed and carried out himself in 1975 – to give new life to the splendid town in Calabria.
For the project, Fiume – who was a sculptor as well as a painter, architect, and writer – created a series of murals on the walls of the ancient castle and painted the cupola of the Church of San Rocco.
“The Surf Girl” balances on her board, the horizon behind her, and seems to glide on a wave from the Tyrrhenian Sea behind her.
What does the future have in store for her? “I don’t know, maybe she will run again, there will be more sea and more land, more sea and again more land, always and forever the same” (translated from S. Fiume, “Viva Gioconda!”, Bianchi-Giovini, Milan 1943).
To find out more about Salvatore Fiume’s life and works, visit the official website dedicated to the artist.