Giuseppe Laini, a 63-year-old imbersaghese, was inspired by the craft of his ancestor and made it a passion, to which he added the strong artistic sense that results from his works.
It will be that as a child he grew up in the Curt dei fereé, the court of the iron workers in Imbersago that today no longer exists, or rather, it is no longer the shop where his grandfather made by hand the tools that were used by the peasants.
Giuseppe Laini, a 63-year-old imbersaghese, was inspired by the craft of his ancestor and made it a passion, to which he added the strong artistic sense that results from his works. After having worked a life, today Laini has reinvented himself as a sculptor of iron, mostly animal figures, entirely handmade and very often made with recycled metal materials. The result is something really special. And like most artists, Laini also produces his works by dedicating himself to them with patience and surgical precision. Suffice it to say that for his latest work, a real-sized wolf that howls, just to reproduce the mantle, he used almost 900 thousand small pieces of iron, all cut by hand with scissors.
“I use mostly recycled materials – said Laini, presenting the wolf he finished building around Christmas – In this case, I found some cans of car oil, I had to burn them first, then cut with scissors so as to make the mantle, which I then assembled on the animal’s skeleton, which I instead created with mason’s wire, welding the pieces into strips, one above the other, so that the holes could not be seen ” .
Laini took practically eight months to make his wolf howling at the moon, yet the work, although very well done, still does not satisfy him completely.
“Now I am trying to make a Saint Francis – he explained – It is the first time I try to recreate a human figure. It will certainly take a long time, but I hope to succeed and to be able to join him to the wolf I have just finished”.
His collection includes, among others, a work called “La ladra”, a fox that has just captured a bird, then a large eagle, an owl and even a beautiful flamingo. These are all reproductions that Laini patiently made in his garage, transformed into a real artisan shop.