Caldarostaro

Dimensions 165 cm x 120 cm x 90 cm
Materials Bronze, wood, and marble
Collection Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Caldarostaro is Roman slang for a vender of hot roasted chestnuts. This cold weather treat is usually available in the winter months. When I was living in Rome in the mid 1970’s I would go to the enormous Sunday flea market often with Varujan Boghosian to search for unusual objects for our sculptures. A warm cone of chestnuts was a welcome snack along with a grappa and a short espresso on those chilly mornings. The stoves the vendors used as they sat leaning against those wonderful old marble buildings were made from film storage containers discarded from Cinnecitta, the Italian version of Hollywood’s back lots.