Once through the gate, perhaps even before, the ancient quarry offers itself to our gaze. It evokes feverish activities even far back in time.
These activities seem to have sedimented in overlapping layers like the pink stone that has been quarried here since time immemorial, of typical "marly sedimentation" of 60% carbonate and 40% silicon.

Its extraction has now ceased but sometimes, to safeguard that 'petrified time on streets and buildings', when it is needed to restore the city's ancient masonry, the municipality allows its extraction with the approval of the Superintendency.
The quarry is therefore both useful and magical, an ancient enclosure (a temenos) devoted to contemporary rituals.
Here, the stone seems to weigh on itself and on the ground, making it more solid, letting the cliff with its steep walls towering above people and things, confronting the buildings and the landscape as far as the eye can see, standing, imposing, in front of other mountains and hills, guarding a plain that stands (far below) quiet and reassuringly lush.
In this space carved out of the rock, there is a flourishing of workshops and canteens for artists, wayfarers and permanent residents, collectors and amateurs.

Stone for stone, that is why we find coloured marbles and rocks from elsewhere, with other colours, textures, grains. They coexist, ready to be manipulated with their quiet and by no means submissive force. Restored and refractory, never submissive, expressive through resistance. The more difficult it will be to tame them, the stronger the effect they will unleash, with a power long dormant.

After all, sculpture, like any other art form, asks matter to negotiate with form in order to give rise to expression. When the artist makes a gesture that imprints itself forcefully on matter, it reacts, it resists. It is only at a certain point that the work is completed, takes on body, acquires a physiognomy and an expression of that force of 'persistent intensity' in which the gesture and emotion of the sculptor is crystallised, who, with his hands or tools, has battled with the stone, without succeeding in conquering it completely.