It is red because red is the color of blood and pain but it is also the color of passion. It is simple in its forms because it wants to be a symbol of closeness, help and cooperation.” This is how Mr. Giuliano Tomaino, sculptor and painter tells his story “the hands” The work he wanted to donate to Asl 5 so that it would remain a tangible and visible sign of the pandemic and the ongoing commitment that health workers are making at vaccination centers.
The idea was born precisely from the staff of Asl 5 who wanted to ask the artist to create something that could somehow convey, in one organism, a sense of community with the value of the science that produced the vaccines against Covid.
Tomaino immediately accepted the challenge and innovated “the hands” which weighs 200 kilograms, is 1.60 meters high and 1.20 meters wide, and, as the artist tells us, “a painted iron suggests a symbol I have already used in my other works: stylized hands touching each other to always appear to be able to count on the other, certain that someone is Ready to help, to hold you. With that in mind, the materials to make it were provided to me free of charge by Siderurgica Toscana and InTech, for whom I thank.”
To best represent the message of the fraternity, the work was handed over to ASL 5 unfinished: to finish it, it would require the intervention of vaccination center operators who would decorate them with colorful rubber caps that seal the vaccine vials.
“I thought of the form – concludes the master – but the essence of the statue must have been the manual skills of the nurses who worked hard in this period. The result will be a choral, a bust of them but above all with them. Steel and creativity for a common social work where everyone can add small details and details And a piece is part of a whole.”
“When Maestro Tomaino accepted our request – commented Maria Alessandra Massi, Director of Social and Health Affairs at Asl 5 – we immediately knew that we would receive a beautiful gift: the opportunity to witness to a work of art in two very difficult years. At the conclusion of “Lemani” all the staff are involved, soon it will be over And we will show it to the city. After that we plan to have it roving in all of the company’s offices as a sign of commitment and sacrifice for the greater good.”