The term “sculpture” here refers to the art of carving in its classic meaning of the term.
The technique of sculpture takes away what is not needed from the starting block to free the work.
Marbal as a sculptor in his long career has carved stone, marble and wood making all types of monuments.
The artist described his approach to the raw material, be it stone, marble or wood, in the following way: “I study the piece, its structure and vein, I contemplate it already getting a sense of the final shape of the work. Without this “vision” I wouldn’t be able to get a sense of the starting material”.
The choice of material is a very important phase because it will eventually confer certain traits to the sculpture: stone is softer than marble, more porous, therefore it is difficult to obtain the highly precise finishings that are possible with marble.
Wood is a warmer material than marble, and according to the type it can be very hard like walnut or mahogany or more tender like Swiss pine.