The SawMill and Cave Park

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I was born in the year 2000, to safeguard, promote and enhance the physical culture of the caves and stone: I am the Leccese Stone Eco-museum. My purpose is aimed at techniques of extraction and processing, the methodology employed, caved and constructed territories...

I was born in the year 2000, to safeguard, promote and enhance the physical culture of the caves and stone: I am the Leccese Stone Eco-museum. My purpose is aimed at techniques of extraction and processing, the methodology employed, caved and constructed territories, geo-morphological characteristics that make the site of Cursi one of the most interesting on a paleontological point of view.
All this is in prospective to see Cursi and the Leccese stone mining area geographically and culturally placed at the centre of Salento and the Mediterranean.
Over the years I, together with the City Council of Cursi and other municipalities of the area, in collaboration with local partners, have promoted and managed various exchange initiatives with actual economic and social productions similar at national and international level aimed at enhancing stone culture through reviews that have favoured the meeting between new planning ability and ancient craftsmanship of stonemasons.
There is an event in particular that I organized in collaboration with the “TRIOTI Committee”; at the event I managed the presentation “Territories of Stone” dedicated to the stonemasons, who exhibit their recent creations, in a context that unites tradition with innovation. In the suggestive scenery of the hypogeum oil mill, where I am officially based, there are on permanent exposition, works of art designed and projected by different designers and architects that include: Steven Holl and Alvaro Siza, realized by companies from Cursi.
In 2011, in collaboration with the City Council of Cursi, I organized the first International Symposium of Sculpture on Leccese Stone symbols and reviews. Nine famous international sculptors participated in the event and created artefacts in person. These artefacts remain property of the Municipal Administration and have been used to embellish historical parts of the town.

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