Work on annunciation sculpture resumes at AMU campus

Sculptor Márton Váró returned from Italy in November 2009 to continue carving The Annunciation sculpture for the Ave Maria oratory. The sculpture was about half completed, he said.

Submitted by AveHerald.com

Sculptor Márton Váró returned from Italy in November 2009 to continue carving The Annunciation sculpture for the Ave Maria oratory. The sculpture was about half completed, he said.

— "It's great to be back in Ave Maria," sculptor Márton Váró said as he picked up his tools and set to work again on the sculpture of The Annunciation. Váró spent the summer in Tuscany, at the source of the Carrara marble used in the sculpture, and says he now has close to half of the work completed.

"Eight of the 15 panels are done," Váró said, "and the seven panels completed in Italy will be shipped here in the coming months."

He said he hopes to finish the sculpture by next May, after which it will take a minimum of six more months to complete the exacting work of fitting all the panels together and mounting the tons of white marble on the façade of the oratory.

The upper part of the sculpture -- including the head of Mary -- has been completed along with the wing of the Angel Gabriel, Váró said.

After spending a few days putting the finishing touches on the head of Mary, which he sculpted on the university mall earlier this year, he will then turn his attention to the rest of her body.

David Shnaider and his wife Patricia Sette are Ave Maria residents who founded community news Web site AveHerald.com in November 2008. Contact David and Patricia at publisher@aveherald.com

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