Marble Quarrying – The Inner Mechanics & Workings of in the Italian Alps
We found this amazing short video by Yuri Ancarani of an artistic look inside marble quarrying in the Italian Alps. Seeing the marble in its raw, natural state is phenomenally striking against the mechanics and workings of the quarry. It reminds us of the sheer hard working processes it takes to shift these amazing natural stone slabs worldwide.
Watching this makes us feel lucky that we can offer these pieces of nature in Australia. To be able to admire their beauty in our warehouse from halfway around the world.
“Marble quarries are places so unbelievable and striking, they almost feel like they are big theatres or sets,” says Yuri Ancarani. Ancarani is the filmmaker behind today’s excerpt from the documentary, Il Capo (The Chief). Il Capo follows a quarry boss as he guides his men through the extraction process, using a silent language of gesture and sign.
Ancarani was captivated by the otherworldly landscapes of the quarry. He spent nearly a year filming on Monte Bettolgi, in the Carrara region of the Apuan Alps, in Northwest Italy. Leading Ancarani to focus filming the hypnotic, and rather dramatic moment when the monumental marble blocks are freed from the mountainside. Thus, falling to the ground with an earth-shattering thud.