38 hours until the end of the campaign (& we did it!)
It’s been a busy month, filled with celebrities, music, photographers, tours and a pinch of stress. We met with and filmed BBC presenter Francesco Da Mosto and actor/director/art historian Peter Weller. We hosted a flash opera (see the video at http://youtu.be/55WY2oBJqTU) and 120 Instagramers in the Pazzi Chapel. We’ve spoken to several hundreds of people about the campaign. And best of all, 770 of you have backed it so far!
There is just under 2 days left in the campaign and we have just met our goal! But the campaign isn’t over yet: every single contribution we receive, even beyond the initial $95,000 goal, will go to the restoration of the loggia of the Pazzi Chapel, and of course, backers still get rewards for their contribution.
We’ve updated the campaign page with what is called a “Stretch Goal” which is what we will do for a sum above the stated goal. One part of the exterior of the Pazzi Chapel is not considered part of the original restoration campaign, and that is the monumental wooden door, likely by Giuliano da Maiano. The very heavy and beautifully carved door is in high relief, with wooden inlay on the back. The door is in exceptional condition considering its age (over 500 years) but requires cleaning and maintenance, as well as protection from woodworms, which at some point in history have left their marks. This job will cost approximately $10,000, and if funded, will be completed at the same time as the restoration of the loggia, slated for the first six months of 2015.
Let’s make this a success together
From the very beginnings of this campaign, we’ve felt strongly about the community-building aspect of participating in crowdfunding. We’re thrilled to see that more than two dozen backers were able to support the campaign with the higher amounts required to have a private tour of the restoration under scaffolding, because this means we’ll be able to meet each one of you personally and show you how important your action has been. But we’re equally pleased to be able to inscribe the names of so many new friends into the book of backers in our archive.
As we reach the end of the campaign, if you still want to do something to help make this project a resounding success, here’s a few things you can do:
-Give the gift of restoration. It’s too late to buy holiday gifts and have them shipped, but you can make a card in which you tell someone you’ve put their name down in history or gotten their family entry into the Basilica of Santa Croce. To pledge in the name of a friend, the best way is to create a second Kickstarter account with a different email address, register the account with your friend’s name, and make the payment through your usual Amazon account. Don’t worry, at the end of the campaign we’ll ask you what name to write in the book of backers, so you can let us know then.
-Manage your pledge. A number of people in the past few days have generously upped their level of pledge. You can easily do this by clicking the blue “manage” button in the green box to the right of the top of this page where it says “you’re a backer”.
-Share (with the hashtag #CrazyforPazzi). There are still plenty of Italy lovers out there who haven’t heard about this campaign. We wish we could reach every one of them. With your help, we will come closer.
-Comment. Tell us what you think, tell us what you might write with your “historical tweet”. You can comment on the project or tweet @santacroceopera #CrazyforPazzi. We love hearing from you and your feedback is precious to us.