Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz is the creative force behind an engaging and dramatic upcoming exhibition at the Badia Fiorentina. The 100 cantos of Dante Alighieri’s much-loved masterpiece, the Divine Comedy, will be interpreted in bronze sculptures, 30 of which will be scattered throughout the historic monastery, creating a visual journey through the literary work. The first canto sculpture will be presented to Pope Francis in Rome on September 8, with Cambridge University and St. Michael’s College in central Toronto also to receive casts of the works, the originals of which will remain in Italy. On September 14, the date Dante is believed to have died in 1321, Schmalz will complete the 100th sculpture, Canto 33 of Paradise, in person at the Badia, with everyone welcome to watch. Here, artist Timothy Schmalz reveals more.