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Virtute details
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Virtute sculpture
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Virtute Sculpture in Malta


Monumental Layered Glass Sculpture


Dimensions 150 x 50 x 50 cm



'Virtute' from Latin translates as 'power'. It is a form of 'virtus'- courage, excellence, character, virtue. These four aspects are represented by the four pillars encompassing, giving support to and igniting the power inside. Just like power, the inner form of Virtute is dynamic, swirling, and grows in it's strength as it moves upwards.


The artist also points, that power comes in different forms- private, societal, national... With this work, artist specifically wants to express his belief in the power of an idea, of a common goal- a shared power. Only then, when the right circumstances are made, can power be amplified, and a way to greatness embarked- as an individual, group or society.


To some, private power can be their intelligence, their courage, beauty, communication skills… What ever it is, it should be realized and used ethically, with the for 'virtus' aspects in mind. Because, any single person can only achieve anything noteworthy, powerful and great, if they become one of the pillars cultivating the power. Knowing one's virtues and strenghts, and finding others with the necessary characteristics then becomes a must for attainment of the common goal.

The Process

Artist uses a similar approach as he used when building Post Procella - a combination of constructive and plastic elements. This gives a sense of stability, which is absolutely necessary to inflict a feeling of power, or 'Virtute'. Gold dust is used in the middle part, to empower the viewer, by awakening the sense of glory, power and attainment.

Layered Glass Sculpture Virtute details
Layered Glass Sculpture Virtute details: glass coatings

Only one in four layers of glass reaches from the four pillars into the middle, giving rise to an absolutely new form and object - the 'Virtute'.


This reduction symbolizes the idea that given the necessary circumstances, one will only need to input a part of him to create an absolutely new way in life.

At Cavalieri Art Hotel, Malta

Ernest was invited to Malta to exhibit his work at the Cavalieri Art Hotel and Art Galleries. At the main lobby of the hotel stands Ernest Vitin’s so far most technically elaborate sculpture. Virtute translates from Latin as ‘power’.  Read more about the exhibition of the sculpture here.

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