Inspired by the sculptures in the Sansevero Chapel in Naples, Livio Scarpella creates work in the sensibility of the great masters. Scarpella adds life into these busts, by embedding their crystalline hearts of semi precious stones, matching the light and dark color of the figure, respectively with
marble,amethyst or quartz. Reminiscent of Michelangelo’s The Prisoners, these gentle busts unveil the ghost within. These crystalline hearts, not only are the center of attraction, but are also metaphorical to the fact, that hearts are hard and brittle.