NEW AMBO FOR ARCHBASILICA OF SAINT JOHN LATERAN, VATICAN CITY - CODAworx

NEW AMBO FOR ARCHBASILICA OF SAINT JOHN LATERAN, VATICAN CITY

Submitted by ALBANO POLI

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Client

Location: Rome, Italy

Completion date: 2019

Project Team

ARTIST

ALBANO POLI

PROGETTO ARTE POLI

COORDINATOR

PAOLO POLI

PROGETTO ARTE POLI

Overview

This is a remarkable artwork created for the Basilica of the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis. The church is in fact the oldest and highest ranking of the four major papal basilicas.
The unique ambo, installed in November 2019, is composed of different materials, all part of the Italian handicraft tradition: Carrara marble, hand-made mosaic for the columns, lost wax bronze fusion for the bas-reliefs (coat of arms of Pope Francis and Cardinal Angelo De Donatis).
On the front, the restored pluteus of the ancient Constantinian Basilica, testimony of a history that is renewed.
The final result had to be perfectly in harmony with the style of the overall environment.

Goals

The main goal was to design and create a unique ambo that would perfectly integrate with the overall style of the Basilica and would be in harmony with the altar and main seat.
Great importance and focus to the traditional handicraft techniques.

Process

Master Poli conceived a one-of-a-kind ambo in collaboration with the committee.
All hand-made production was carried out in his Progetto Arte Poli studio.

Additional Information

The ambo is the place for the proclamation of God’s message. It is a unique artwork, symbol of the announcement of the Resurrection. Restoration of the paschal candle holder and construction of a platform that works as a connection between the ambo, the candle holder and the steps. Restoration of the pluteus of the ancient Constantinian Basilica, testimony of a history that is renewed. Architectural structure that reproduces the twisted columns and entablatures of the Chair and the Papal Altar creating harmony and stylistic continuity with the existing architecture. Bronze coat of arms of Pope Francis and Cardinal Angelo De Donatis on the sides of the ambo like the ones on the Papal Altar.