Cherries are the fruit of the cherry tree, Prunus avium, a species belonging to the Rosaceae family. Their origin is located in Eastern Europe and Asia Minor.
They are small, round drupes, varying in colour: from yellow tinged with red, to light red to darker; very shiny with long or short petioles, they have given rise to the expression 'one cherry leads to another'...
In Japan, the blossoming of cherry trees is considered a true work of art. In Kyoto, for example, every year in spring, thousands of tourists from all over flock to admire it.
At the foot of the Apuan Alps, Carrara is unique in the world for its marble quarries. The “white gold of the Apuan Alps”: this is how the marble of Carrara is defined, a precious stone with which important works have been realised and that has made this town, for centuries devoted to its extraction and processing, great. One of the first people to venture into marble quarrying were the Romans who, by inserting beams of fig wood inside natural fissures in the rock, filled these with water until they were completely impregnated and caused the rock to split. This extraction technique remained unchanged, if not with minor variations, until the Renaissance when Michelangelo began to frequent the Carrara area to directly choose the raw material for his works: it was from Carrara, transported along the Arno, that the block from which the Maestro sculpted the famous David came. Marble thus became an important raw material for the construction, furnishing and decoration of public buildings and patrician residences. Even today, skilful artists and craftsmen still work this material with mastery, creating stupendous works of art and decorative objects that become true furnishing accessories.
The apple, just bitten, symbolizes the passion for life and invites to catch the opportunities offered by it. Each "fruit" is carved from an only piece of White Carrara marble, sculpted and hand painted with pigments of natural origin and bee wax, using the same methods of Michelangelo age. Each object is made unique by small irregularities of shape and colour.