"Shining Rock" by Helidon Xhixha

Written by Daen Palma Huse

Photography by Ram Shergill

Helidon Xhixha, marble sculpture on the main square of Pietrasanta

Helidon Xhixha, marble sculpture on the main square of Pietrasanta

On the 11th June the Albanian-born artist and sculptor Helidon Xhixha opened an extraordinary exhibition in the Tuscan town of Pietrasanta, Italy, in collaboration with Contini Art UK and under the patronage of the Bozzetti Museum and the municipality of Pietrasanta.

The mayor Massimo Mallegni stressed the importance of Pietrasanta in terms of its marble quarries and supplying some of the finest marble to sculptors through the ages - such as Michelangelo. 

Helidon Xhixha has nourished a passion for Art since an early age. His apprenticeship started at the Academy of Arts in Tirana moving later to the Brera Art Academy of Milan before specialising in engraving and sculpting at Kingston University in London. 

Working across different European cultures, Helidon Xhixha has developed a unique signature: the stainless steel sculpture. Fascinated by this material, the artist is inspired by the idea of sculpting light and of capturing the colours and shapes of a specific environment. More recently he has gone back to sculpting marble.

His monumental words have been exhibited across Europe, the USA and UAE - one sight of which has been the 56th Venice Biennale.

Sculptures before unveiling on the main square of Pietrasanta

Sculptures before unveiling on the main square of Pietrasanta

Helidon Xhixha, Pietrasanta
Helidon Xhixha, marble sculpture on the square of Pietrasanta

Helidon Xhixha, marble sculpture on the square of Pietrasanta

Helidon Xhixha, Mirror polished stainless steel sculpture "Oceano", 2014

Helidon Xhixha, Mirror polished stainless steel sculpture "Oceano", 2014

Influenced by the great marble sculptures of Italian artists Michelangelo and Bernini, the artist experienced the fusion of the local marble with the stainless steel – mainly used in his previous works.

Keeping in mind his signature of distortion, the transition between the two materials brilliantly resulted in masterpieces reflecting both contemporary and antique influences.

Helidon’s inspiration for fusioning marble and steel also originates from the mythological protagonists whose mysterious legends still inspire many artists. Coping with reality and fantasy, the earth and the beyond, the exhibition of Helidon Xhixha is an alchemy of philosophical and scientific transformations.

 

Open from June to September 2016, the exhibition was curated by the renowned Italian art critic Luca Beatrice. The artworks of Helidon Xhixha are installed in several locations throughout the town of Pietrasanta such as Piazza del Duomo, Chiesa e Chiostro di Sant'Agostino, Pontile di Marina di Pietrasanta.

For more information visit Contini Art UK, 105 New Bond Street, W1S 1DN London

Helidon Xhixha, Pietrasanta
Pietrasanta
Helidon Xhixha, mirror polished stainless steel sculptures "Pillars of Light" in the church of Pietrasanta as previously exhibited at the 56th Vennice Biennale

Helidon Xhixha, mirror polished stainless steel sculptures "Pillars of Light" in the church of Pietrasanta as previously exhibited at the 56th Vennice Biennale