Recently I was asked to design a decorative object to celebrates and honor the achievements of Italians and their contributions to Arizona’s economic growth. My idea behind the design was to create a small, minimalist sculpture that represents both Arizona and Italy in one single object.
The state of Arizona, often called the Copper state, is aptly represented by a very thick, solid copper plate and a centered, perforated cut-out in the shape of Italy, the inseparable influence of Italians in the heart of Arizona. The design decision to make a cut-through perforation, rather than engraving, gives the sculpture a much lighter look than a simple engraved, visually heavier plate. The base is made of very solid and strong marble-like rock to represent the solid foundation between Italy and Arizona.