2023 Author: Alex Livingston | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 11:39
Today we want to tell you a love story that began in 1997 and that will certainly last for a lifetime. It is the story of the cat Ettore and the love for his city: Viareggio. But not only! It is the story of a love that unites all those who have had the opportunity to meet Ettore, over a 19-year journey.
It all begins on a day like any other, when on rocks a cardboard box was found with small kittens inside. Among the many, there was one brindle that was adopted by all those who frequented the pier and the nearby areas.
All the people who lived, worked or simply frequented these places, they saw little Hector grow up. Everyone fed him, spoke to him and Ettore was happy to indulge in caresses and cuddles.
It also became a bit there mascot fishermen who every day set out in search of fish. In fact, Ettore waited every day for the fishermen who returned to the dock, always at the same point. And they, very happy to see him, gave him a small part of their catch.
But, there was a man, Alfredo Serni, with whom Ettore had established a special relationship! In fact, Mr. Alfredo, in addition to feeding him like the rest of the inhabitants, had taken on the task of to provide for his health and care.
And it is Mr. Alfredo himself who realizes that Ettore was living with him last days of his earthly life. So, he took it and it brought to a facility, located further up the hill, where they would take care of him until the end of his days.
Ettore crossed the bridge on December 15, 2016. He was buried in a olive grove who turned his gaze to the pier and the sea. All the people were deeply shocked, but above all Mr. Alfredo, who wept for a long time for the loss of Ettore. His daughter, Paola Serni, emotionally involved from his father's behavior, he thought of a way to pay homage the cat Hector. An idea came to her mind that contained the cat's main passion. That is to say build a statue and placing it in the exact spot in Ettore every day waited for the fishermen who returned with their catch.
The idea was well accepted by everyone and in some bars and businesses in Viareggio, money was raised to finance the project. A friend of Mrs. Paola, Nadia Cupisti, began to paint stones, depicting Ettore, to be sold, in order to be able to contribute to the financing of the project.
Then, since this idea made a little tour of the city, Arcaplanet decided to become the official sponsor of this initiative. Also in honor of Ettore, it was also decided to support the Asav cattery, where Hector lived his last period, providing him with the necessary food monthly.
The assignment of make the statue it was entrusted to Giuseppe Del Debbio, sculptor, decorator, graphic designer and teacher of the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence.
The sculptor, a cat lover and learned of the moving story of Ettore and of those who knew him, decided to carry out the work without any compensation. It also involved the "Foundry of Art of Judge Leonardo", skilled in carrying out the technique of lost wax casting. Together they gave life to the statue of Hector, which was positioned on the Viareggio pier.
Not a day goes by that anyone who is in front of the statue does not think in some way of the cat Ettore, so fond of the city and its inhabitants. Hector, the fisherman's cat, lives every day in this statue.
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