Willy Verginer

Born 1957 in Brixen, Italy. Lives and works in Ortisei, Italy.


Now is more normal, now is better, now is right

Bronze, gold galvanized, color acryl. 180 x 153 x 40 cm

The installation includes different elements: a baby, a donkey and golden droppings, which create an absurd situation. It reminds us of the German fairytale “Tischlein deck dich”, where the donkey drops out golden coins. The irrational situation created by the contrasting elements reflect the absurd situation of the financial world, where one cannot understand anymore the real value of things, what is gold and what is only crap.

Artist Statement

The sculptor Willy Verginer carves ultra-realistic characters in human dimensions out of tree trunks. With remarkable precision and attention to detail, he showcases ordinary individuals sometimes combined with significant objects or animals. The artist has been able to move away from the traditional approach to sculpting with wood, preferring to adopt a totally contemporary process. By observing the world around him, the artist conceptualizes social questions, including environmental concerns in particular, in installations that are often incredibly imposing.