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THE „NEW“ COLOSSEUM

Since Luigi Carotti built the last cork model of the Colosseum in 1840 nobody toughed that theme again. Today Dieter Cöllen decided to create another object of this incredible monument. He calls his project “Homage á Luigi Carotti” and wants to discover if his artwork can exist beside the quality of the ancient master. The audience is invited to decide…

After getting the plans Dieter starts first to form the oval walls of the Colosseum. Here you can see him working on that basic part. With the assistance of Malgorzata he builds the support structures…

A SOLID BASE

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in the 18th century most of the cork models where manufactured in a hurry due to high demand. Especially the wooden base was often made very carelessly. For that reason many old cork models are in very bad condition today. For Dieter, a solid base is therefore the top priority. After this work is done he begins to restore the cork frame of the object…

RESTORING A BAD TREATED BEAUTY

Dieter´s next restoring project is an ancient cork model of the pyramid of Cestius / Rome. Probably it was manufactured in the studio of Carl May. This object was once a well loved “Souvenir” of the Grand Tour. This model went through several hands and was badly treated during the centuries.

 

Another new challenge for Dieter…

FINALLY AT HOME…

After its long journey across the ocean the Colosseum safely reached San Francisco. There in a famous private collection it is now the centerpiece of the exhibit surrounded by other models of the 19th century.