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IMG_1304.JPG#GetyourSpire in beautifully carved soap!

These little beauties were hand-carved by year 7 pupils at Collegio Villoresi. We had a lot of good clean fun making gothic spires, gargoyles and other bas-relief shapes from blocks of hand-washing soap. The main carving tool was the classic toothpick, but we did use a few other tools to sculpt our designs.

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Our works of art were inspired by gothic architecture and in particular the Duomo di Milano, a wonderful complex of monuments, including the terraces on the top of the cathedral where you can view the spires and gargoyles close-up. Milan’s cathedral is the third largest in the world!

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Other pupils used a more modern famous form – Picasso’s dove. Picasso’s first Dove of Peace was chosen as the emblem for the First International Peace Conference in Paris in 1949. It was a traditional, realistic picture of a pigeon which had been given to him by his great friend and rival, the French artist Henri Matisse.

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Picasso later developed the image into a simple, graphic line drawing that is one of the world’s most recognisable symbols of peace. He also named his fourth child ‘Paloma’, the Spanish word for ‘dove’.

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Soap is lovely and soft to work with. Give it a try!

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