A BUST of award-winning Canberra architect Enrico Taglietti will now sit in the very buildings he’s designed.
The sculpture of Enrico, who was the architect behind the Italian Embassy and Giralang Primary School, was unveiled at the School today by Italian ambassador Gian Ludovico de Martino di Montegiordano and his wife, accomplished sculptor and artist Camilla de Martino di Montegiordano, who created the bust.
An identical mould will go to the Italian Embassy.
Camilla says she had known Enrico for years and decided to make the bust as she “always liked his face.”
“After I did it, I thought ‘well what should I do with it’?’ she says.
“I always do two moulds so I decided to give one to the Italian Embassy, which Enrico designed, and also the school, as I thought it was the best place for it.”
The bust took “about ten” sittings to complete, Camilla says, and was made using clay and bronze.
Enrico, who was joined by his two daughters at the opening, says he “was a little embarrassed” about seeing the sculpture for the first time.
“I like it though, if I didn’t like it it would mean I don’t like myself,” he laughs.
“I was very overwhelmed, but it will age well.”
Principal Trish Keller says the bust, which will sit in the school foyer, is a reminder to students of the school’s beginnings.
“The likeness is incredible. It’s wonderful to have as Enrico has won awards from The Royal Australian Institute of Architects for his design of the school, and he is very much known to the students and staff here,” she says.