Luigi Lineri: The Stone Man
Some people see eye to eye. We see stone to stone – with our hearts.
He’s from Verona. I’m from New York. He speaks no English. I speak with fork (tongue).
We may not share a common verbal language, but we speak the same unspoken one; of Nature… stones… and reading between their uncommon lines.
Luigi Lineri has been drawn to riverbeds and otherworldly-earthly realms for the last 50 years, collecting hidden treasures which he lovingly houses in his cavernous temple-homage on the outskirts of this romantic city where Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers once mingled.
As Romeo was smitten by Juliet, Luigi seems smitten as well; by not only his lovely wife Tosca, but by his thousands of stones through which he sees astonishing figures and forms and whose messages he interprets like a cosmic archaeologist.
Through a fascinating chronology of history, anthropology and mythology Luigi compels one to reconsider terra firma and the heavenly realms that communicate through it.
How poetic that in this Veronic land-of-love familiar passions should cross mercurial paths – joining J’aimestones with a kindred spirit. A soulmate. A stone mate.
A wondrous connection produced smiles and heartfelt exchanges, figuratively and literally.