This sculpture “Expelled from Paradise” is carved from Chinaberry wood by Eli Adamit.
Eli Adamit was born in 1951 in Israel and he lives in Meitar, Israel.
He learned to carve in Hans Kantor Studio, Tel-Aviv, Israel .
He said about the sculpture:
“ On top of the difficult to carve 3 dimensions – you need that the bodies will be in the correct proportion from 360 degrees points of view. It was difficult to carve out the waste between the bodies from one side without hurting the backside. So I need to carve from 3 different points. I was tense throughout the process and there was a sigh of relief when I found the meeting point of three-way carving.”
These sculptures are located in Shinnam village, Samcheok, Gangwon Province, South Korea in park called Haeshindang Park, in translation – “Temple of the sea goddess”.
Haeshindang Park was created because of the girl, a virgin, who died tragically.
Legend has it that four hundred years ago a fisherman took his young virgin fiancee to a rock a short way off shore to collect seaweed.
He left her there promising to pick her up.
But whilst he was engaged in his work on shore the weather deteriorated, a strong wind started to blow and huge waves crashed against the shore.
It was too perilous for the fisherman to sail back to his fiancee and she was stranded on the rock.
Eventually the high waves swept the young virgin off the rock and she drowned.
From that day forth the sea was stormy and the fishermen were afraid to go out fishing, and very often the most courageous of them did not return to the shore.
And once, a fisherman ventured out into the sea. And immediately the wind and the waves rose, the boat was tossed from side to side, and the fisherman had already began to say goodbye to his life, but then he saw the ghost of a girl who was coming to him.
He begged and begged for mercy. In despair, the fisherman took off his pants and cried to the ghost:
“I do not have anything. You may take away the most precious thing, just let me go back to the shore !”
And the girl who had never seen anything like this calm down and so did the sea.
The fisherman, still hardly believing in his miraculous escape, returned to the village and told what had happened.
Since then the people of the village began carving phalluses and performing rituals.
Once they began doing this, the fishermen were again able to achieve a good catch.
These sculptures are carved by Daniel Fidanza from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Daniel Fidanza has drawn all his life.
He started sculpting only after the trip to Europe where he saw the Romanesque, the school of medieval religious art and wonderful wood carvings,
the fascinating medieval carvings in wood in the churches and convents of Galicia. He immediately felt that this was hes language.
Daniel Fidanza have been a drawing teacher to more than five thousand pupils in twenty years.
Daniel Fidanza has said about his work: “ Each sculpture is the record of movement of my body. Every day I worked on the piece so the carvings are imbued with the power of my body work, spiritual energy that comes through my hands.
The sensation on anguish has completely disappeared from my life since I started carving.
The mere fact of organizing the chaos of the block causes an instantaneous spiritual order I have never felt before. ”
These carvings are done by the folk artists of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Unfortunately I do not know their names, or even the name of the company who distributes their work.
But in any case, their work is amazingly detailed and well finished.