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12 Oct 2010

A work from San Marino at The Olympic Museum

The beginning of this week saw an impressive donation at The Olympic Museum of an artwork by the National Olympic Committee of San Marino.

The work is an exact replica of a sculpture which stands at the entrance to the Sport and Olympism Museum, just in front of the main football stadium and sports centre in San Marino. Sculpted out of local stone, it represents the three towers of San Marino, the fortresses on top of the three peaks of Monte Titano, the symbolic mountain of the Apennines, built to defend the city in the middle ages.

The copy and the original are the work of the local artist, Davide Monaldi. In 2006, the young graphic designer created the logo of the Sport and Olympism Museum, and he then had the idea of turning this into a three-dimensional work.

Because of the weight of the work, the ceremony was held by the fountain on the quai d’Ouchy. A large delegation from San Marino was present: Sports Minister Fabio Berardi; Angelo Vicini, Giorgio Crescentini and Eros Bologna, respectively NOC President, Vice-President and Secretary General; and various members of the NOC Executive Board. For their part, IOC President Jacques Rogge and Olympic Museum Director Francis Gabet were representing the IOC.

In his speech, Jacques Rogge warmly thanked the San Marino NOC for its donation. “With these three flames representing the three legendary peaks,” he said, “the artist was able to perfectly captured the symbol of the eternal flame which lies at the heart of the Olympic Games, thus keeping the Olympic spirit alive.”

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