St. Maria Goretti Statue
The bronze statue of our patron saint, Maria Goretti, which now stands in our Commemorative Garden, was installed and dedicated in 2010. The statue was made in Ortisei, Italy, located in the Bolzano province of northern Italy in the Dolomite Mountains. The area is one of the last places on earth that still teaches and produces sculpture and decorating for ecclesiastical art, according to Peter Stemper of T.H. Stemper Co., which facilitated the ordering and purchasing of the statue of St. Maria Goretti. Our statue was created using a process called lost wax casting technique, a multi-step, very detailed technique, involving a clay mold, rubber, plaster, wax, a ceramic “slurry” and molten bronze.The process has been used for thousands of years to create large bronze forms in 3-D that have a lot of detail. Our statue of Maria has patinas – which cause a chemical reaction that creates colors – added to darken her hair and to lighten her face.
Her face was also smoothed more than usual, to show how young she was (11 years old at the time of her death).
The term "lost wax" refers to a step where, after a wax form is created, molten bronze is poured in and melts the wax away, draining it out of the form as the bronze takes its place. The bronze is fired so it will accept what is called a patina, a chemical reaction on the surface to get color.
The statue of Maria stands as tall as she actually was - 4'7" - and it weighs more than 300 pounds.