Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Cracked Violin

It completely  dominates the little green corner called Coltea Park, located in the very heart of Bucharest city .

Coltea Park is near the busy University Square metro station, the Coltea Hospital (oldest in the city), and the Ministry of Agriculture building. It is a very relaxing little place which stands in contrast to the hectic atmosphere around it.

The little green spot  has some benches, a stage for artistic performances, and... a cracked huge bronze violin ( I'm a bit confused as to the difference between violin, viola, fiddle. I'll have to check this up).

Anyway, I stayed at a nearby hotel, and so everyday , on my way to the metro station I stopped to contemplate the violin. Upon return at the end of the day,  I stopped again to have a look at it. It fascinated me; the size of it, the idea behind it - which is : 'the sound of music is so powerful that it  can break even hard matter'' . 

The giant cracked violin representing the spiritual power of music as against the fragility of tough matter (bronze),  was created by a romanian artist after a draft of the  sculptress  Domenica Reggazoni (the daughter of an italian violinmaker).

Attached to its piedestal is a bronze plaque with the inscription "violino spaccato" (broken violin) The violin was erected in 2009 , and since then classic musical concerts are held in this park every summer weekend. I attended such a concert and it was ,of course, a delight to the senses.

evening concert at the Coltea park


  1. I must admit that at first sight I thought that the sculpture was quite ugly, but by the time I got to the end of your post I had changed my mind, because music, the right music, really does break open the heart and makes it feel full of an indescribable magic.

  2. First thought was that was an odd sculpture, but if you really think about it music does have a way of breaking through barriers. It can soothe a broken heart or calm one's nerves, it can have a lot of effects on people. Interesting post! Have missed you, was hoping and praying everything was okay.
    until next time... nel

  3. You Always have post that are informative and thought provoking . I immediately thought how graceful the artist had made the sides of the violin fall away but the front showed the crack very drastic in the middle bottom so maybe it says "Even broken we will stand strong and play on." Peace

  4. Ola,

    Thank you , Ola.

    My reaction exactly.
    Being a musician yourself,you know better than anyone else what music does to us.


    Thanks for your kind words. I totally agree with your opinion on music.

    Lady Di Tn,

    I'm very flattered by your words about my posts. Thanks.
    By the way, the italian artist was known especially for her sculpture of ..little violins.

  5. Hi Duta,
    It was good to see your comment in my email today. It has been a while...

    I am glad that the broken violin has become a symbol of whole music. The sculpture is unusual, but not jarring. I like it!

  6. I am always taken by the fact that so many of our world's countries value the worth of the arts. Here, in America, the first thing that is ignored during a financial crunch are the arts. The soul of the world feeds on the arts. Thanks for sharing this wonderful sculpture with us.

  7. First of al... yay, you're back! :)

    Second... I believe this to be one of the best sculptures ever. Music is the only(read, universal) languages that everyone understand. Whatever, religion, culture or general background... so this really is fitting.
    Very powerful!

  8. I also strongly believe that music is an Universal language without any barriers. Sculptures are made painstakingly to convey many things that lay hidden in the heart of the sculptor.

  9. Dimple,

    Thanks for feeling glad I'm back.
    Yes, the sculpture is unusual, and I too like it.

    C Hummel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson,

    "The soul of the world feeds on the arts" - how true and how beautifully put.

    Pink Panthress,

    Thank you for being glad I'm back.
    I totally agree with your comment.
    The sculpture is indeed powerful and conveying the right message.

    P.N. Subramanian,

    Indeed, so. This is my belief on music and sculptures too.

  10. That's a great broken violin statue. I bet the concert was even more amazing.

  11. I Never heard of a cracked violin ...glad to see your pics of the park

  12. It must be really fun and engaging to watch such concerts in unusual places.
    Reminds me of the one we saw at La Adrada in Spain last year.

  13. joyce Lansky,

    Your bet is corret.


    There's always a first time...


    It's been a great pleasure to watch both the performers and the well-behaved audience.

  14. I always envy you DUTA in that you can gaze upon a building or a statue such as this broken violin and stop and ponder the story and meaning and history behind it. I myself need to take more time to enjoy the scenery and history around me and not be in such a rush all the time. Thanks for reminding me of this. I love this broken Violin Statue and I'm glad you are back, I have missed you and your wonderful blog posts!

  15. Very nice, thanks for the information.

  16. Hi! Love the classical music especially the violin.
    Interesting capture and place Duta!
    Thank you for sharing.


  17. Alicia,

    Glad you like my posts.
    I try whenever possible to contemplate the interesting things in our surroundings. I feel it adds a great deal to my cultural knowledge.

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    Thank you or visiting my blog and for leaving a comment.

    Regina Laurel,

    I'm glad to hear from you, and I like your profile photo.

  18. That is fun and amazing! You do visit places with character!
    Cheers from Cottage Country!

  19. Jenn Jilks,

    I have to agree with you about the place, and the exhibit.

  20. Duta, I love to come here, it's always interesting. This was fasinating. My Daughter just moved to Maine, we are pretty busy, getting her settled. Starting to get cold here.
    Hugs to you

  21. Hi day...I want to visit Romania..some of my family came from your pictures.

  22. La Petite Gallery,

    Thank you for your kind words. I;m glad your daughter has moved lose to you. Good Luck to both of you! Hugs.

    Sarah (Nikki),

    You certainly should. Romania is a lovely country. I must admit I was born there and so feel attracted to her.

  23. Hi my friend, just stopping by to make sure all is well with you. Prayers to you and all of Israel!

  24. Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for the prayers. Really appreciate this.

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