Posted 4June2013, updated 23Oct2013
For my wife and myself, the feelings for SanGimignano1300 started in May 2010. I then wrote a “love letter” called “A model to fulfil“.
YouTube: You may want to see my 2-3 minutes long still pictures movie “Sunrise in SanGimignano1300” before you read on, if you didn’t come from there just now!
In 2013 the main exhibition of the city was moved from the vacated vaulted ground floor up into the back yard. During the relocation the base had been cut into sectors. This has led to visible damage to the base. The model city is exposed to the sun and rain, but during heavy rain it is being covered with a large foil. It is also unprotected from possible wear from the public during opening hours. The main shop has also been moved into an adjacent part of the museum, where SanGimignano1300 also earlier had space. Entrance is now free, but boxes for donations are present. The SanGimignano1300 English home page seems not to have been updated with this information. [Wikipedia, 4June2013, text by me]
It seems like SanGimignano1300 in the spring of 2013 is having hard times. As mentioned in the article the city is exposed to public, sun and rain (if not covered), outside in the back yard. As seen by a yearly May visitor (me), the change leaves room for worry of the fate of these pieces of art. Øyvind Teig (talk) 06:57, 22 May 2013 (UTC) [Wikipedia talk page, 4June2013, comment by me]
This is me down in the vaulted cellar in May 2010. Read about how this was built at SanGimignano1300′s home page.
Now I turn to the May 2013 pictures. I will let them mostly speak for themselves:
After a rain shower we saw that they had covered the city with plastic. It’s full of small seas! What happens when the plastic breaks or when they remove it, with the water, the houses and the plastic? Another day, with less rain – it was not covered, but still wet. The ceramic houses are painted with oil paint I believe. Sad, so sad.
This group of signs leads you to the SanGimignano1300 exhibition, as well as to the iSculpture art shop, now residing in SanGimignano1300′s old shop.
I do hope that when you read this, something – to the better – has happened for SanGimignano1300!
Disclaimer: I have not asked SanGimignano1300 for permission to publish this text and pictures, nor have they asked me.