A Visit to the Nicoli Workshop was arranged and an interview was conducted with his direct descendant, Prof. Dr. Alix Nicoli who currently runs the Nicoli workshop, now a UNESCO Messenger of Peace Centre.
Carlo Nicoli’s Al Martir de Bagumbayan originally won first place in the international design competition for Rizal’s monument. While Carlo Nicoli no longer lives, his workshop is still in operation under the management of his descendants and therefore we also aim for them to complete the bust.
The design of Carlos Nicoli of Carrara, Italy was awarded the first prize, worth PhP5,000. His design depicted an 18m-tall monument, with its 12m base rendered in two shades of gray Italian marble, and the pedestal that held the entire structure to be rendered in two shades of white Italianthumb/ marble. Elaborate figurative elements dominated Nicoli’s design. (source: From the Alfonso T. Ongpin Album, NHCP)