The Geometry of Space … and People


I made friends with award-winning novelist Diana Belchase through our blogs, and I was delighted to meet her in real life last year. Diana has Sicilian heritage and often visits this lovely island. In this post, she interviews Sicilian sculptor Piruccio. Her article is brought to life by her own wonderful photos of the people of Sicily interacting with his artworks.



Vincent Pirruccio has worked for most of his life as an artist.  His sculptures are magnificent and important.  Books have been written about him, though I’d never seen any of his pieces up close.  I was lucky to be in Taormina where his exhibition, The Geometry of Space, took place last fall.

Pirruccio’s work juxtaposes the massive weight and size of his pieces, against a feeling of lightness and air.  He marks his space, in an overpowering masculine way, while framing it and inviting people in.  He dominates in what looks like solid iron, but creates transparent intimacy.  The heavy metal structures seem totally immovable, requiring cranes to set them in place.  Yet the small ball in each of the works wreaks havoc, sending each piece off balance, skittering into uncertainty.


In Italy, I became acquainted, not only with his work, but with the sculptor himself.  He’s warm and…

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. I am thrilled and honored that you chose to reblog this, Veronica. I know Vincent Pirruccio will appreciate it as well. Thank you!


    1. Dianne Patrizzi says:

      You are fantastic too. I don’t remember how I found Veronica’s blog but my life has been much richer for it.


      1. Me, too, Dianne. Thank goodness for Veronica.



  2. I had the good fortune to see these sculptures. Thanks for posting this.

    PS…love the official shirt look in your header photo.


  3. T. Franke says:

    The sphere occuring in many of these art works is puzzling … It shows a small and compact piece of perfection within bulky structures … order and chaos I would say … whereas the structures, too, give structure to the space they are in … but a queer structure …


    1. Yes, T Franke, there are so many conundrums, unexpected and interesting things you keep noticing about Pirruccio’s work.

      Thanks so much for stopping by.
      Diana Belchase


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