This piece, along with two other smaller ones, was done as a commission for the Franciscan friars of the St Anthony of Padua province. The friars were working with a local wine maker producing a number of wines under a Franciscan label. They had asked me to do a piece to commemorate that collaboration. They asked for two figures and a theme that would include something about wine.. One figure was, of course, to be St Francis but they couldn't decide who the other was to be. I had a deadline of Christmas and needed to get to work so I went ahead without knowing the identity of the other person. I still do not know. I decided that whoever it was he was discussing wine with St Francis. There is a large basket of grapes in between them and St Francis has his hand in it pulling up a large bunch. I believe he is joyfully extolling the virtues of the fruit. The Friars were pleased and sent the letter that follows.
The pictures are of the piece in terra-cotta. It was a private commission and is not available for sale.
Thank you! Thank you!
The sculptures truly capture a special moment - a special relationship - between the DiGrazia family and the Friar's family of St. Anthony of Padua Province. Through the sculptures expressing a story about the founder of the Friars, St. Francis of Assisi, you have captured, in the eyes of your figures, a bond.
It is the hope and prayer of the Friars that the bond deepen. And, your sculptures stand as a witness to that hope and prayer.
Again, thank you!
Very Reverend Mark L. Curesky, OFM Conv. Minister Provincial"