Expo / Presepio Vatican - Radovan Zivny

visual 
(Photo Teresa Tseng)
Two weeks of hard work in the team of three. The size of the sculpture: 15m long, 5m high.
(Photo R.Varano)
Working on the first Wise man.
(Photo R.Varano)
Susanne Rusler working on the group of shepherds.
(Photo R.Varano)
Discussing the progress with Ilya Filimontsev on the scafolding which was surrounding the working site and hiding our work from the sight of the public (The Vatican likes secrets).
(Photo R.Varano)

Explaining my collegues how many kilos of sand I can carry in bare hands.
(Photo R.Varano)
Susanne in action.
(Photo R.Varano)
The last days we worked till late hours.
(Photo R.Varano)
The fool and the three Wise men. 
(Photo R.Varano)
Ilya finishing the Holy family.
(Photo R.Živný)
The birth of Jesus.
(Photo R.Živný)
Adoration of shepherds.
(Photo R.Živný)
The finished piece. Historian of art Jana Bronková: „It is probably the first major sculptural project here on the square since the moment when they installed the sculptures on Bernini´s colonade.“
(Photo R.Varano)
Two-hours waiting for the Papal Audience. My friend J.Šustr wrote: „Probably you are the first man in history who fell asleep while waiting for the pope.“
(Photo S.Ruseler)
The audience in the Clementine Hall. From the opening speach of the Patriarch of Venice Francesco Moraglia:
„The Nativity we offer today has one caracteristics - it is made of sand. Sand runs between the fingers of a hand. Sand reminds us of earth. Sand reminds us of the ephemerality.“
(Photo S.Ruseler)
Meeting the pope Francesco.
(Photo Vatican Media)

The official ceremony can start.
(Photo S.Ruseler)
The opening speach of the President of the Governorate of Vatican City State cardinal Giuseppe Bertello.
(Photo S.Ruseler)
Unvailing of the sculpture.
(Photo S.Ruseler)
Overall view on the Saint Peter´s square with the illuminated sand Nativity and the Christmas tree.
(Photo R.Živný)
We are happy with the final result incorporated in good proportions into the whole square.
(Photo S.Ruseler)