VIA DEL POPOLO ǀ San Gennaro NYC ǀ 2012
Help launch an innovative new art exhibition in NYC’s Little Italy!
VIA DEL POPOLO ǀ San Gennaro NYC ǀ 2012 reimagines one block of Mulberry Street as a public piazza and art exhibition in the heart of the historic Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral campus.
For ten days in September (September 13-23, 2012), during the traditional Feast of San Gennaro, life-size photographic portraits of a cross section of St. Patrick's parishioners: families, couples, and individuals, all vividly captured through the lens of photographer Alex Arbuckle, will enliven the ancient brick walls of the churchyard. Custom designed and fabricated lighting sculptures based on the Basilica's gothic arches will illuminate the artwork and the piazza.
Translated "the street of the people" and/or the "way of the people", it is the intent of VIA DEL POPOLO ǀ San Gennaro NYC ǀ 2012 to bring the concept of the local street festival back to its roots, and gift the annual celebration a shared, free, public art space to inform festival attendees about local traditions, past and present.
In concept, VIA DEL POPOLO will feature three distinctive aspects:
Project Aspect #1: The Wall - Portraits
A public photo exhibit will be mounted on the exterior walls of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, illustrating the unique diversity of neighborhood residents and church parishioners. The photographs will be life size, formal and engaging portraits of the Church’s parishioners as families, couples, and individuals, shot by photographer Alex Arbuckle.
The images will be mounted on waterproof fabric and hung over the wall to avoid damage.
Project Aspect #2: The Wall - Illuminations
As a needed method of highlighting the artwork during evening hours and a general enhancement of the streetscape, eighteen spectacular 15’ high outdoor LED streetlamps will be installed.
With a creative team led by lighting designer Maha Mamish, these arches are designed to surround and highlight the Basilica’s iconic wall while illuminating the photo exhibition.
By combining historic references with progressive LED energy efficient lighting technology, the illuminations are a further symbol of the ‘past meets future’ concept of the project.
Project Aspect #3: A Modern Piazza For The People
During the festival dates, the adjacent streets will be transformed into a contemporary piazza and outdoor lounge, with umbrellas and outdoor furnishings. This public space will serve as a modern agora, where the community will mingle in leisure and strengthen its ties.
Support VIA DEL POPOLO!
We invite you to support this unique event, one that guarantees to garner much public attention.
Please check out the listed rewards and give at any level you can! Your contributions will help us ensure the public sees this exhibit in its intended form.
All proceeds raised will go towards covering the cost of the exhibition’s installation and management, as well as setting precedence for VIA DEL POPOLO to serve as a reoccurring, annual festival segment.
Also, your support is tax deductible! Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, a longstanding community organization, is serving as the 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor of this project.
We look forward to seeing you on the streets of NYC's Little Italy this Fall!
Thank you in advance for your support!
VIA DEL POPOLO ǀ Planning Committee
- Mark Bussell, The Tisch School of the Arts at New York University
- Kristine Gasbarre, Author of How to Love an American Man: A True Story
- Phillip Kafka, Prince Media Co.
- Maha Mamish, Aurora Vitrum Designs
- Victor Papa and Elisa Espiritu, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council
- Monsignor Donald Sakano, The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral
- (30 days)