Model in terracotta: Esther Seidel, 2004
Executed in stone by Simone d’Angiolo, 2005
After a drawing by Roland Topor, 1976
Spoerri had been invited to propose a sculpture for the slopes of Vesuvius which would then be executed on site. He immediately had an idea, because he was reminded of a drawing by his deceased friend: a crouching woman observing a handful of small balls rolling from her lap. To Spoerri, this is a symbol of grief, but it is also related to the discharging earth. After all, the Neapolitans do call their volcano »Mamma muntagna«. The Vesuvius project ran aground. No sculptor could be found in the area of Naples who was capable of transforming Topor’s drawing. The offending form appeared to be too complicated. In Carrara, however, Esther Seidel came across a stone sculptor who appeared to be equal to the job.