The famous stone face of Lord Shiva in Goa, carved in coastal rocks at Vagator beach in Bardez is a real marvel of Italian artist Giuseppe Antonio Caroli also known as Jungle man. A look at the sculpture and one can immediately think of ancient sanctuaries, abandoned temples and monuments of deep antiquity. However, all these versions are erroneous in relation to this sculpture and Despite the mysterious and very impressive look, the stone face of lord Shiva in Vagator was created here just a couple of decades ago.
Vagator is a picturesque resort in the northern part of the Indian island of Goa, a couple of kilometers from Anjuna. This place is especially popular among musicians, dancers and other people of a creative character storehouse. Vagator is loved by tourists for its little beaches, as well as for the charming landscape with tall palms and sharp rocks descending to the water’s edge. The history of this sculpture is inextricably linked with the subculture of the life-loving hippies, which was at the peak of popularity in the sixties of the twentieth century. One of those who on the wave of knowledge of Buddhism, rushed into the jungle and Indian temples, was a young sculptor from Italy named Antonio Caroli. It was he who carved the stone face of Shiva on Vagator Beach in Goa, where he lived in those years. By the way, then Caroli lived right on the beach under the open sky, Giuseppe antonio Caroli caroli was also , sculptor and master landscaper and he has spent most of his life living in India, expecially in Goa, and travelling all around the world.
His artworks talks about human essence and evolution of the forms modelling clay, plaster, raw mud, iron, crystals and stones, rocks on the beach. If one can believe the contemporaries of the sculptor, then Antonio Caroli reached Goa on his own without any help, and when he arrived in sunny Indian state, he threw his passport into the salt waters of the surf., If one approaches the sculpture closer, then besides the head of Shiva, one can consider what remains of his bone necklace, as well as the image of a coiled snake. According to legend, this snake was his symbol and constant companions of Shiva