Edited by Piernicola Cocchiaro
The MAM, Museo d'Arte sul Mare (Museum of Art on the Sea), founded in June 2012, is a permanent outdoor museum that extends throughout the south pier of San Benedetto del Tronto and hosts 169 artworks of which 151 are sculptures and 18 are murals.
In addition to the 146 sculptures and murals created during the last editions of the international Symposium “Scultura Viva” by 145 artists coming from 37 countries of 5 continents, are present 5 sculptures created by Mario Lupo, Genti Tavanxhiu, Giuseppe Straccia and Marcello Sgattoni.
The artwork of the master Mario Lupo, which was created in 1986, thanks to the Circolo dei Sambenedettesi, is the largest and it is a bronze of about eight meters (26 feet) dedicated to Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, protagonist of the book of Richard Bach.
No less evocative is the monumental sculpture in travertine created by Genti Tavanxhiu in 2006 on commission by the Lions Club San Benedetto del Tronto Host and dedicated to Monsignor Francesco Sciocchetti.
There is also a very interesting sculptural group in travertine, composed of a “Madonna” facing towards an original "Nativity of Jesus” submerged but visible in the sea, created between 2010 and 2012 by the naive sculptor Giuseppe Straccia on an idea of Arturo Ercole and on behalf of Lega Navale italiana.
original finally, the fountain of concrete and river stones, built in
2010, on behalf of the city, by the sculptor Marcello Sgattoni.
The Museo d'Arte sul Mare of San Benedetto del Tronto is unique in its genre both for the beauty of its environment and for its lengths of over one kilometer (3,280 feet).
Its first section, of about 500 meters (1,640 feet), hosts all 146 sculptures in high and low relief and in the round, created during the past editions of the international Symposium “Scultura Viva” on the faces of the breakwater blocks in travertine aligned along the promenade.
The third section of about 400 meters (1,300 feet), is dedicated to mural painting. It now displays 18 artworks created by 10 famous Italian and foreign street artists.