Sculptor Jorio Vivarelli (1922-2008) has scattered his art all over the world, transfigured messages of peace in the living material of bronze and marble. Visiting Montale a trip to admire his works in the recently inaugurated permanent collection of Villa Smilea is a must. There is also a large outdoor installation situated in the monumental park of Fognano. It was precisely in Fognano that Jorio was born on June 12 1922, in a family of humble origins but with a strong passion for culture. The young artist moved to Florence to attend the local art school but was called to arms in the Balkans, where two long years of imprisonment dragged him from Bulgaria to Hungary, to Austria and Germany, where he finally managed to escape and return to Italy. This experience marked his concept of mankind and history permanently, making these subjects the centre of his work. Jorio, returning to his life as a civilian, finds many kindred spirits: his love and muse Gianna Pini and the great architect Giovanni Michelucci. The friendship with Michelucci becomes an artistic partnership which gives life to the famous Crucifixes in the church of the Autostrada del Sole and the church of the Virgin in Pistoia. The encounter with the American architect Oskar Stonorov lead to the creation of great works of urban art in the streets of Philadelphia and Detroit. In 1966, Jorio is among the signatories of the manifesto of the “Intrarealist Group” in Barcelona with artists and writers such as Giovanni Bassi, Cardona Torrandell, Federico Fellini and Cesáreo Rodríguez-Aguilera. From that moment and in subsequent decades, the artist focused on his work as a medalist and the conception of large public works such as the monument dedicated to Giacomo Matteotti in Rome and the Hymn to life for the city of Nagasaki. Jorio Vivarelli was an artist that thrived for peace in a world constantly at war.