Alex Pinna: Big Pinocchio

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If Sardinia’s beautiful seashores aren’t alluring enough, the little town of Tortolì is hosting Alex Pinna‘s giant sculpture, “Big Pinocchio.”

At over 50 feet long, the huge iron Pinocchio—painted white and lying on his side—is a new landmark for the Italian town. A permanent addition to the Parco delle Sculture del Museo Su Logu, Pinna’s Big Pinocchio is a grand accompaniment to a retrospective of his work, curated by Vittoria Cohen.

The exhibition displays the artist’s ability to create lightweight, imaginary characters—like the tenacious men made out of rope, his bronze shadow-like figures or ceramic half moons which hide mysterious bodies.

“Fun and irony are always the protagonists of Alex Pinna’s work,” writes Cohen in her introduction to the exhibit. “And this gigantic Pinocchio lands to the Sculpture Park with the usual aplomb that the artist is able to infuse.”

Founded in 1995 thanks to the initiative of director Edoardo Manzoni, Su Logu displays works of art by Maria Lai, Mauro Staccioli, Umberto Mariani, Massimo Kaufmann, Hidetoshi Nagasawa, Alfredo Pirri and many more.