Dragón de la Calderona is waking up
Art, which always tries to imitate the magical structure of nature, is in turn a vehicle of expression capable of helping us to recognize and enjoy the environment around us, and to become aware of our responsibility to live with it in a harmonious way.
The GAIA project was born from the initiative of the sculptor Rhea Marmentini, to restore a degraded landscape, through the creation of a monumental sculpture ("The Dragon of the Calderona") that aesthetically evokes and maintains in-situ the natural expression of the organic forms that populate its environment. As a result of this rapport with the “land-art” language, the transformation of an old mining quarry and a grotesque concrete construction emerges, into a dragon that is born from the mountain with interior spaces for research and searching for links. between arts and nature.
Rhea Marmentini is an international stone sculptor from Malaga. She grew up and was educated in Malaga until she was 14 years old, at which time she began her artistic studies at the prestigious "Secondary School of Art" in Pécs, Hungary. School that she would leave the third year to go to Paris in search of the one who would be her mentor, the great sculptor Pierre Székely. He adopted her as his favorite disciple, naming her his spiritual heir, having traveled the world with him as his assistant, and making monumental sculptures.
Established definitively in Paris, Rhea joined the underground art scene as part of the great art collectives of the late 90s, highlighting "Art Cloché" and "Pole-Pi", the largest artistic squat in Europe at that time. After its closure, she is part of the Ssocapi project, located in front of the Picasso Museum. An ideal world that constituted both her residence and her experimentation workshop. There was born a collusion with Valentin Samarine and his Meta-Visions. At this moment she begins to create her Opus, a non-representative sculptural language based mainly on the balance between archetypal forms. She also begins to hold exhibitions and win various awards in Hungary, France and Spain.
Closed her Parisian stage, Marmentini founds a family and begins her Infinite Land-Art project in Gilet, near Valencia, Spain, the so-called DRAGON DE LA CALDERONA. In her own words, "it consisted of healing a mountain damaged by human impact through artistic expression, evoking the organic rhythms of nature." For 8 years she worked to transform the old landscape of an abandoned quarry into a habitable sculpture called "El Dragon de la Calderona", which is currently her workshop, exhibition space, place of research, experimentation and "Mother Beast "of the garden in constant sculptural evolution:" The Bestiary ".
Finished her great work, she spends times sculpting in New York where she exhibits at MAGEN GALLERY. Nowadays, Marmentini has returned to her origins, settling in Malaga, where she continues the work of creating her Opus and Beasts, both in stone, ceramics and graphic work. Make this new stage compatible with a presence in various international symposiums making monumental stone sculpture.