The puppet workshops are buzzing!
Dear Kickstarter friends,
We are thrilled to let you know that the installation of Triumphs and Laments was completed last week, and we are now focused on creating the giant shadow puppets that will be part of the opening musical procession on April 21 and 22.
Take a look at these photos of the work being done at MACRO La Pelanda by our volunteers (and William doing a shadow test):
We have over 40 volunteers working on the puppets, most of them students from Roman and American universities. These include Sapienza Università di Roma, John Cabot University, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma.
Indeed, the realization of Triumphs and Laments could not be possible without our close to 200 volunteers from all over Rome. We are immensely fortunate -- and so grateful -- to have them on board!
Lastly, here is a piece that came out this past week in the Italian publication il Messagero, with a video showing William walking along the frieze with the Italian Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini.
Be sure to take a look at the slide show at the bottom, which shows some fantastic images of the frieze. Look particularly at images 17 through 27, and you will see some of the final 10 images that you, our Kickstarter backers, made possible. They include the monument to Anita Garibaldi; the statue of Victor Emmanuel II; the horse from Caesar's quadruple triumph; a scene from Rossellini's Roma Città Aperta; la Dolce Vita; and the monument to a Berssaglieri soldier.
Our survey will be ready to go out this week. Please be sure to complete it so that we can fulfill your rewards.
More to come and warmest regards,