The Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Copenhagen invited the Italian artist and environmental advocate Massimo Catalani to present his work and its contribution to marine protection. The presentation was held at the National Aquarium Denmark – Den Blå Planet, and was introduced by Luigi Ferrari, the Italian ambassador to Denmark.
Along the coast of Tuscany illegal bottom trawling was destroying the seabed. To counter this, a decision to submerge 10-tonne concrete blocks was made by the local community. These blocks, would destroy nets and gear and at the same time provide an ecosystem for fish and other organisms to thrive. Massimo Catalani began sculpturing huge granite blocks instead of the concrete ones to raise awareness of the environmental impact we humans have on nature and at the same time to “give something beautiful back to the sea.” His massive sculptures contain depictions of fish and other sea creatures and are painted with a special glow-in-the-dark paint and have drawn attention to bottom trawling in Italy and beyond. He and other artists are now looking for funding to continue the work and contributions can be made to www.casadeipesci.it