Artist Creates Powerful Dragon Sculpture Out of Trees Destroyed by a Storm

Dragon Made of Wood from Storm by Marco Martalar

After a brutal storm, Italian sculptor Marco Martalar was moved to transform the damage into something beautiful. Sitting atop a mountain in the northern Trentino region of Italy, an enormous dragon has become a symbol of Mother Nature's force. Martalar created the magnificent creature from the scattered branches of the storm, turning tragedy into art.

In 2018, the Vaia storm ripped across northern Italy. With winds reaching up to 125 miles per hour, a tremendous amount of forest was destroyed. In Trentino alone, over 18,000 trees were uprooted by the devastating storm, which was unprecedented. Vaia had a profound effect on Martalar, changing the way that he viewed his art. “The type of sculpture that I was doing before no longer made sense,” he tells My Modern Met. “So I started using what the storm had destroyed and gave it new life as art.”

The dragon, which is located on the Alpe Cimbra in Lavarone, holds special significance. Martalar sees it as a representation of nature's power and what can happen when the environment isn't respected. To create the piece, he spent 10 days planning the project and dedicated a month and a half to on-site sculpting.

While the dragon isn't the only sculpture that Martalar created from the fallen wood, he considers it his most majestic. And while he's moved on to other projects, his dragon has become a sort of local symbol. As others pose with the dragon and take pictures of it covered in snow, it stands as a reminder that we should never take the power of Mother Nature for granted.

Italian sculptor Marco Martalar has created an enormous dragon sculpture made of wood from the Vaia storm.

Dragon Sculpture by Marco Martalar

This 2018 storm devastated forests in northern Italy and caused over 18,000 trees to fall in some regions.


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Martalar says that the storm changed him as an artist and he decided to create art from its destruction.

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His dragon stands as a symbol of Mother Nature's force.

Wood Dragon Sculpture Under the Snow

Dragon Sculpture by Marco Martalar

Dragon Sculpture Made of Wood from Vaia Storm

Standing on the Alpe Cimbra in Lavarone, the Vaia Dragon has become a new monument for visitors.


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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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