Nativity scene in wood carved and hand painted in Val Gardena. Scale 8 cm
Melchior. Nativity scene in maple wood carved and hand painted with oil colors in Val Gardena; work of the sculptor Harald Kastlunger and made by the Lepi company.
I firmly believe that Christmas, the feast of peace and the bringer of peace, represents much more than a moment of magical atmosphere. The richness of the characters manifests itself as a feast for the eyes and consequently as the soul's exultation for the incredible event that is the advent of Christ. It is with this spirit that - distancing myself from traditional clichés and schemes - I try to infuse my figures with the distinctive characteristics of genuineness, the archaic accent of a full awareness of earthly existence. The sense of participation finds its expression in the language of the hands and in the movements, intended to convey to the observer the extraordinary grandeur of the miracle.
- Harald Kastlunger-