This month’s interview is dedicated to Danilo Bosio, Director of the Fonderia Battaglia in Milan, one of the historical foundries present in the Milan area; in 2013 it will celebrate 100 years of operation.

The three original members started the foundry in 1913, to meet the demand for works with religious subjects as well as the growing request for monumental works.

Many artists of international fame passed through the foundry: Pomodoro, Azuma, Messina, Bodini, Manzù, Marino Marini... today, unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer sculptors who work in bronze.

Here artists have always felt at home: they came to work on and finish pieces.

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Here artists have always felt at home: they came to work on and finish pieces.

New artists feel less and less the need to work with this material, and so in order to bring the new generations closer to this material, we have organized workshops. A few years ago, with the more elderly craftsmen, we started a process of passing on know-how: we trained young people who are now working in the foundry.

The Fonderia Battaglia is not just a factory: it is also a cultural centre. In our past (and I hope in the future, too) there is a great deal of cultural heritage, skill and history, and it would be a shame not to hand this down to future generations.