Out Of Wire And Cement, A Classic Symbol Of Love
July 8, 2003 - Hadley, MA - When retired welder Jimmy Santos was approached by the director of Hampshire
Shakespeare Company's production of Love's Labors Lost to create a statue of Cupid, he made no promises about the final product.
Working from a photo of an 18th century work, Santos mixed cement and ashes and shaped the lively cherub that will grace the stage for the
play. Using ashes instead of sand kept the mixture light enough to let Cupid kick up his heels and aim his bow, yet still be solid
enough to withstand the outdoor conditions of the show.
A Ludlow resident for the past ten years, Santos took up his hobby of creating garden sculptures only recently, making a
dolphin and an iguana for family members. Their enthusiasm has led to his reputation for being able to "make anything" out of cement,
but Santos is not interested in going commercial. He just enjoys experimenting with shapes and materials. The Cupid posed special
problems, in part because of the damp weather that slowed the drying process. He is pleased by the "bronze" patina he achieved on the
statue, using techniques he picked up from a television show.
Santos' Cupid may be seen on stage at The Hartsbrook School at 193 Bay Road where it graces the set of
Love's Labors Lost. The play runs Wednesday to Sunday at 7 PM from July 16 through 27. For schedule, group sales and
ticket information, visit the Company's web site (www.hampshireshakespeare.org) or call 413-788-4750.