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June 12, 2011 / TAB

Casoli- sgraffiti

Casoli is a small village carved into the side of a steep ravine in Northern Tuscany. It’s not easy to find and who knew that there would be two Casolis within spitting distance of Lucca. The one I wanted has an interesting art history. Each year a contest is held for examples of sgraffito. The projects are then left in place and the walls of the village become one big art installation.

Before the day the contest is held the walls are prepared with plaster. Then on the morning of the first day, the artists transfer their designs to the walls using a “cartoon”. Then they wet the plaster with spray bottles and begin to etch their designs into the wet plaster. They add depth and color with paints.

I was only able to see the beginning process and will have to wait until July to see the finished projects but until then here are some projects from the past and a wander through town.

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  1. Maxine / Jun 16 2011 5:04 am

    That is AWESOME…what I would give to see that. So you will be going back in July to see the finish products? Lucky you……I will definitely look forward to those pictures…….

    • TAB / Jun 17 2011 12:45 pm

      Yes, I’ll still be here in July and staying in Lucca so real close.

  2. barbara / Jun 24 2011 9:51 am

    Wow, those are graffiti made with love and respect for your town…

  3. ytaba36 / Jul 8 2011 12:53 am

    I do look forward to seeing your July photos. What an inspired idea this is.

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