(Article updated below to include new commentary from Lorenzo.)
Italian artist Lorenzo Barbieri had his sketchbook, along with his laptop, stolen when he was in Barcelona. All that remains of his skill and dedication is this short video shot during an impromptu meeting with another visitor to the city in Parc Guell.
Len, the videographer, uploaded the clip to a popular video sharing site and emailed it to Lorenzo. He soon received a response from Lorenzo who said that the sketchbook had since been robbed and Len’s video was his only way of remembering his artwork.
In Lorenzo’s own words, this is how he came to be without his art: “three days before i leave Barcelona, the guy I was sharing accommodation with, called himself Morad, has robbed my bag with my laptop and my sketchbook!! I felt like die.. The only thing that i still have it’s your video..I’ve seen it with tears in eyes, but of joy..”
Lorenzo, from Florence, is undoubtedly a skilled artist, as can be seen from the accompanying images – many more sketches can be seen in the accompanying video (below).
Yet again, Barcelona comes between a man and his possessions, but this time – laptop aside – we’re not talking about money or wealth, nor wallets, nor bags, we’re talking about a simple sketchbook, something unique, totally irreplaceable and more valuable to its owner than silver or gold.
Shame on the individual who took it from him. It speaks of more than his naked thievery, it shows a lack of respect for a fellow human being. Quite probably the sketchbook was lobbed over a wall or thrown into a rubbish bin, never to be seen again.
However, if by some chance-in-a-million, you have encountered the sketchbook, please let us know, and we will arrange to have it returned to its owner and creator.
To visit the artist’s site, please click here.
To visit the videographer’s site, please click here.
Update: December 20th 2011, from Lorenzo:
“Thank you very much, man.
I felt so much excited to see my story published from your website.. but, how did you know? I’m so curious..
really, my sketchbook it was more value than gold for me. there was one year of travels, human meeting, stories, life inside..
And that, after the robbery, after tears and pain, i thought that what happened is something like a mutation: my works on paper are not mine anymore, i have to leave it, leave it my obsession, and forget it. Len sent me the link whit his video.. he didn’t know anything of the robbery. The meeting whit Len, absolutely fortuitous, it was a destiny’s sign. Not everything is a loss.
i would like to finish my sketchbook or hold it on my hands, the story that contains my work is bigger than everything i can imagine. Everything changed.”