By Staff Reporter, Sep 03, 2013 10:14 AM EDT
(PHOTO CREDIT: YouTube/Field-artist reveals his latest creation in Italy)
Italian artist Dario Gambarin has taken to his craft--art--to create a piece dedicated to Pope Francis. Dario Gambarin used a tractor to create a 328-foot picture of the Argentinian pope, which he titled Love Liberates, in a field in Castagnaro, Italy. This is not the first image that Dario Gambarin has created over the years, as he has also recreated Edvard Munch's iconic The Scream and even President Barack Obama's portrait during his July 2009 visit to Italy for the G8 summit.
The field portrait of Pope Francis took six hours to complete, and the artist used a plough just as a painter would use a brush. The land he worked on belongs to his parents. And if you think Dario Gambarin measured the field in advance, think again! He supposedly has an incredible sense of proportion which allows him to merely drive the tractor and create a work of art. Just to get an idea of how large the portrait of Pope Francis was, the portrait can only be seen when flying over the countryside in the province of Verona.
Dario Gambarin only keeps his work for a few days and then deletes it so that the field that he works on can be cultivated. As such, he always does his art work in between harvests of the crop and before sowing the seed of a new harvest. As for why Dario Gambarin chose Pope Francis to be his latest subject, he explained that he was touched by the Pope's announcement to lead a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria on September 7. Inspired by the Pope, Dario Gambarin wanted to dedicate his latest work to the leader of the world's Catholics.
Pope Francis announced that he would be inviting "men of good will" to join him in St. Peter's Square--regardless of religion--to give the gift of peace to Syria and wherever there is conflict in the world. "My heart is deeply wounded by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments," said Pope Francis, reports the Washington Times. "With utmost firmness, I condemn the use of chemical weapons. I tell you that those terrible images from recent days are burned into my mind and heart." He even called upon those fighting to "listen to the voice of their conscience and with courage take up the way of negotiations."
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Pope Francis has been earning the reputation of being the "people's Pope" as his views and stance on a lot of international issues has been more open-minded and liberal than his predecessor. Most recently, the Pope made headlines for saying he would not judge gay clergymen. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" said Pope Francis in a news conference aboard the papal plane while flying back to Rome from Brazil, where he celebrated World Youth Day. "There's a lot of talk about the gay lobby, but I've never seen it on the Vatican ID card!" Pope Francis said. "When I meet a gay person, I have to distinguish between their being gay and being part of a lobby. If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them? They shouldn't be marginalized. The tendency (to homosexuality) is not the problem ... they're our brothers."