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Sculpt superheroes with chills for children with cancer

In Alta Gracia, Córdoba, Gustavo Díaz performed three works for a Catamarque association that helps pediatric patients.
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Gustavo Díaz realizó tres obras para una asociación catamarqueña que ayuda a pacientes pediátricos.
08 September, 2019

When Gustavo Díaz was offered to make sculptures for an association that works with children with cancer, accepted immediately. This 56-year-old man wanted to help others and considered art as a means to that end.

The initial proposal was to reproduce the figures of a mom, a dad and two children. But Diaz wanted to do something “more cheerful” and to show “strength”.

That’s when he proposed to make superheroes. A girl in a cape; a boy with a symbol on his chest, and a Spiderman, among others. But all of them with one particularity: they carry chin, to generate identification with the little ones who have cancer – Yeah .

Díaz is a sculptor and entrepreneur of Alta Gracia, owner of a premolding factory called Michelangelo. He has three children; one of them follows in his footsteps and is also a sculptor, another is an engineer, and another is a soldier.

Díaz is also a former combatant of the Falkland War. He is also the creator of the monument to the Argentinian Malvinas that can be seen in Alta Gracia. The image is stunning and is based on a real photograph. A soldier holding another who lies in his arms. “It was my first sculpture, and I made it at the request of other ex-combatants,” he recalled.

Among his activities, Díaz conducts sculpture workshops for children in Alta Gracia and Villa del Prado.

This year came another challenge, this time proposed by the Soles Civil Association, from Catamarca. Make sculptures to encourage families of children with cancer. “This is for humble people, that association houses parents of children on cancer treatment. They give them stay, they feed them. They do something very nice,” said Diaz, who did not charge fees for his work.

Each sculpture of this kind costs about 150,000 pesos and takes more than two months of work. The materials he used were financed between the Catamarque Foundation and Gustavo’s friends merchants.

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