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Three mythological figures reinforce the ties between Malta and Italy in the heart of the Mediterranean.

These are three monumental newts of bronze and travertine by the Maltese sculptor, Vincenzo Apap, which will be restored until August by the “Fonderia (foundry) Artistica” Ferdinando Marinelli of Barberino Val d’Elsa.

It is a solution against time and the “wrinkles of half a century” of the Maltese sculpture, created in 1953 by Tuscan artisanship, born from the mixture of Florentine spirit and culture and the important heredity of the Italian artistic heritage.


The rebirth of the “Fontana dei Tritoni”, emblem of the capital of the island, has been trusted to the able hands of the artisan-sculptors of the historic company which began in Florence at the beginning of the 20th century and has been active in Valdelsa for some decades.

It is the winner of the public bann called by the Maltese government for the restoration of the work. The town administration of Barberino Val d’Elsa recently met with a delegation for a visit to the foundry, situated in the Valdelsa township, where the restoration will return the monument to its antique splendor in honor of La Valletta, European capital of culture for 2018.

The initiative, organized by the Township of Barberino Val d’Elsa, in collaboration with the foundry directed by Ferdinando Marinelli, was presided on by the president of the regional council, Eugenio Giani, who appreciated the high level of the work and the artisanal activity of the company where about 10 sculptor-artisans work.

The owner, Ferdinando Marinelli, illustrated the restyling work that the master founders promise to conclude by the end of the year to the permanent secretary, Christopher Cutajar, to the ambassador of the Republic of Malta, to Vanessa Fraziere and the officials of the Maltese government, and to the engineers and architects who followed the project.

“We are proud that a business from Barberino,” comments Mayor Giacomo Trentanovi, “with its prestigious artisanal mastery, will represent the territory in a project at the European and international level. The foundry is an Italian treasure that has been working for more than a century in the realization of reproductions of classical and contemporary art, bronze monuments in the entire world. Barberino is the custodian of the treasures of the foundry, made up of the grand masterpieces of the Renaissance, with works created by artists like Michelangelo, Verrocchio and Donatello”.