Forum hosts work of marble sculptors

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Tunis is hosting the first edition of the International Marble Sculpture Forum, drawing upon a tradition that dates from classical times – when marble quarries in the north-western Chemtou region were prized for yellow stone – and valued for rendering sculptures of Rome’s mythological gods.

Local sculptors are being joined by more than a dozen artists from Iraq, Palestine, Sudan, Egypt, Algeria, as well as Japan and Germany in exhibiting their works and engaging Tunisian art students in the techniques of shaping stories in marble.

The capital’s City of Culture is presenting the event, which will continue through next Tuesday- August 9.

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