Pacini’s family came to Detroit by way of Chicago from Lucca, Italy, a little town famous for its plaster figurines. There’s even a museum there dedicated to the long history of its craftsmen.

“Everybody there pretty much was in this type of business, the statue business,” Pacini says. His voice still hints at the accent he’s left with from his first eight years in Italy. “My mom went back there a few years ago and said there’s still shops putting the stuff outside to dry, letting it air dry.”

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