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Livio de Marchi, San Marco, Venice

3157A San Marco
Salizada San Samuele
Tel: 39 041 528 5694's insider take:

There's a wonderful sense of irony in Livio De Marchi's hyper-realist sculptures. Anyone happening across his shop⁄gallery near the San Samuele vaporetto stop is enticed by his neatly hanging jackets and hats, his dressing tables crowded with beauty products, his jars of artists' brushes, and his crumpled portmanteau suitcases—all carved out of yellow, knotty cembra pine from the Alps of northern Italy. Recent additions to his work include brilliantly colored pieces in glass—like some astonishingly real-looking helium "balloons"—designed by De Marchi and blown on the island of Murano.

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