The wood for Maramures and Maramures people,always meant warmth, housing and tools.Wooden and have faurit maramuresenii house and church, plugul and die, tools and tacamurile.Wood has also meant something for the locals: the wood has been and still is the ideal medium for expression of artistic genius of the people here.One of the first maramuresenilor artistic events that took the wood support, was sculpture. I do not think anyone can confirm or infirme this, but my strictly personal opinion is that the first wooden object which received valences through artistic cioplire, was ciobanilor bata.
The grazing offers ciobanului and long periods in which practically sit and wait. Thinking that in such a period of stay, having grasp nedespartita bata, pastor of a one-scrijelit slowly and slowly, it turned into a real object of art without losing their usefulness yet.
In one place, but the Maramures, carved wood and processed artistic, acquired in November by valences cover paint and painting: in Sapanta. Somewhere in 1935, Stan Ion Patras,then an anonymous sculptor in wood, and equipped with grace, poetry, cioplit first verse of a epitaf on a cross of Sapanta. From that moment life sapantenilor entered into nemurire being imortalizata with dalta, wood crucilor the cemetery.It seems shocking to talk about a cemetery as a book about life but this is now Merry Cemetery:a sort of archive, quite apart, which keeps incrustate wood, sapantenilor life stories.So to be "Merry" this place was supposed to be a spectacle of color. Stan Ion Patras, he did something that has not made until then nobody in Maramures and anywhere else in the world: added wood colors of life and turned right instead of a sad, in a Happy, instead of meditation and subsequent remembered. He turned an ordinary cemetery Maramures in a true myth.
The famous cemetery is located in the center of the village,parish church. You'll find this site pictures of all crucilor. Cemetery has over 800 crosses, monuments folk art, which is in a truly complex and open air museum! Here are the monuments and infatisari significance apart.The cemetery consists of the crosses, carved in oak wood, painted and versificate by incrustare. Background color chosen by Stan Ion Patras, is blue. This color, which gives a characteristic tone cemetery, was called blue Sapanta and is a little different from Voronet blue. The essence of life disappeared, is surprised in a plastic picture sculptata in basoreliefului technique and painted in colors come with paints based oil.
The history of the Merry Cementeryis quite a short time. It's been very little time once the master of Patras had brilliant idea and until it was embraced by the community of Sapanta. Thus came into existence the Merry Cemetery, the old cemetery of the village, near the Church. Since the community of Sapanta has embraced the idea to paint crosses and until the phenomenon has been noted, the first national and worldwide in May then passed again shortly. Basically during the first years after the first crosses painted, Merry Cemetery became what is now a monument of folk art value invaluable, specifically what can already be labeled as being traditional. After the recognizing the of the national patrimony value followed the international recognition, Merry Cemetery is today part of the universal cultural heritage, being under the aegis of UNESCO.