October 8, 2009

Master Baca Rossi, thanks for your (imaginary) coin!

it was a day like any other, me on the hall arriving early for my scout meeting in my school and taking a walk around, when i meet Enrique SJ (one of the school priests) as i could had met any other time, it was not weird... but this time he was with someone else taking a tour on the scultures in the hall. Even when Enrique SJ told me there is no need to mention "as always"... i have to say that i looked pretty much "as always" that day, that means i haven't shaved myself in some days, my hair was a little messy and i was probably wearing sandals (but i don't remember that much). So, my apparience was not exactly for a job interview (of course!), and when this old guy who was joining Enrique SJ around the school looked at me, he put his hand into his pocket and acted like if he was holding a coin, then grabbed my hand and put this not-real-coin on it. right after he did so, he made this signal of "shave" (or "performed the action" might be better. Then, it was a very graphical way to say "u need to shave"). so, i was in front of this crazy old guy staring at Enrique SJ trying to look for an answer and Enrique SJ just gave me a very excited smile, like he was having a lot of fun while i was totally... hum... not "shocked" but... hum... "confused"...?

look at this guy, it was (for me) an awkward moment and didn't know to say "u are crazy" on a polite way :P I was wondering about him... of course someone Enrique SJ knows, but who is he!? well, i don't care, he is crazy and i do some crazy stuff sometimes, so it's fine. i have to point out that this happend in my mind all in less than a second, probably... but i left after saying good bye while Enrique was delighted. so i asked... Quique (this is how we call him), why are u smiling that much and having such a good time while i'm so confused?? oh!! u have no idea!! u have to be grateful that Master Baca Rossi just sort-of-gave you the coin! wonderful! (ok, not exactly the words... but it was pretty much like that). Master Baca Rossi... ok, thanks, bye! (of course, no clue who he was)

if u are a simple mortal u wouldn't know who i'll speak about. if u are an ignorant mortal u won't even care a bit... at least u are a mortal a little higher on the average. do u know anything about art? well, i'm just a mortal too,haha... but i can share some stuff. would u say that giving a present to the Pope can be considered as an important fact? i'm sure u can't deny so, no matter what kind of excuse u want to use! ;) but, what if this a present given by a president? it should be a very good and valueable one! after the very nice meeting with Enrique SJ yesterday i recalled this chapter because he was always very pleased to remember how Master Baca Rossi gave me a coin, and making a small research before writting this post, i foudn out some of the work done by this great artist, and also all the prizes and awards given to him by the national government, local governments, universities, schools... he is well recognized and he... gave me an imaginary coin! haha

take a look to his statue:

this statue is made of silver by Master Baca Rossi (i found that out today), and was a persent given to the Pope Juan Pablo II (i don't remember his name in English) by the peruvian President Fernando Belaúnde. It is now on the Vatican Museum (or one of them i Google it and found many places). We can find statues in very important places in Lima and Perú, for example: The Hippodrome of Monterrico, Government Palace, Acho Square, Small Segura Theather Square, Phillip Royal Castle, Headquarters of the Andean Community, the National Library and more...
I'm far away of being an art critic, but if has recieved so many awards and his sculptures are all around the Stare Miasto (polish way to say "city-historical-center") they must be very well considered and i do think those pieces are very good :)

i won't anything about style or artistic because it would be a task for Marcela, my Senior year school teacher :) but i like those statues! and i've always admire the way plastic artist try to speak by their hands... i'd like myself to develop way more my skills on that way, hehe

Source: http://www.bacarossi.com/

So, now u understand me??? i had this great encounter with this magnificent artist and i almost told him "old man, r u crazy?" haha... and he even gave me an imaginary coin! Enrique SJ tells me I have a very interesting anecdote with Master Baca Rossi, and now that i made my homework and got to know a bit more of him... feels good haha, at least "special", good i didn't shave that time!

The pictures u've seen here are from that website, Master Baca Rossi's...
now i can get excited about the idea of getting imaginary money from such famous sculptor :) thanks, Master Bac Rossi!

1 comment:

Enrique Rodríguez said...

Por eso, cuando te afeites, puedes recordar a don Miguel. Para otros seguirá siendo nada más que... una afeitada.