The Marine Crib
At Christmas time, from the first Sunday of December till the Epiphany , the boats of the floating section of the Marine Museum become the stage of the Marine Crib . The crib was born in 1986 and is the work of the artists Tinin Mantegazza, Maurizio Bertoni and Mino Savadori, from an original idea of Guerrino Gardini.
The first statue sculpted was S. Giacomo, patron saint of Cesenatico, after that many other have been joined during the years. These are not only traditional statues , but characters inspired by the lives of ordinary people in a fishing village: fishermen, carpenters, puppeteers, fishmongers, a woman with the piadina (fleat bread), children and musicians. Together with the Holy Family and the traditional shepherds, we can see someone who is mending his nets, leading the boats or selling fish; without neglecting singular particulars as the presence of a group of dolphins looking out the water with curiosity.
The statues are life-size: faces, hands, feet and all exposed parts are etched in pine wood ; the clothes are made of cloth stiffened by the brushwork hot wax on wooden structures which have been strengthened throught a metal frame molded to desired shape. The result is a very effective scene , made more suggestive by the lights of the boats reflected on the water .
Each year a new statue is added to the Crib. From the 7 figures of the first edition in 1986, today the sculptural heritage includes fifty statues. The artists Bertoni and Savadori have been carrying out the project of equipping each boat with a skipper and a crew.
The figures are thought as elements of a performance, that can be admired from the banks of the Leonardo Canal Port just like an audience. The atmosphere becomes magic at nightfall because thousands of lights give life to the figures.