Victor Hugo once wrote: “Dear God, how beauty varies in nature and art! In a woman the flesh must be like marble, and in a statue the marble must be like flesh.”
Before using helicoidal steel wire, the blocks were broken using the so called "formella"
The "lizza", two wooden girders, sometimes over 30 ft long, upon which the load, i.e. the blocks or one large block (sometimes weighing up to 55.000 lb) was placed
Replaced today by special powerful trucks and a network of asphalted roads
Carrara 1876: marble-railway in the quarries, climbing to 1500 ft, 15 miles of line through 15 tunnels, 16 bridges and 5 miles of sidings
The white marble quarries of Carrara have been often used as set for many advertising or movie, but the most popular in the world is “007 Quantum of Solace”, by Marc Forster with Daniel Craig which is driving the famous Aston Martin through the hazardous hairpin turn.