“THE TREE OF LIFE”… / MAGNIFICATION OF CRACKS ON A WASTE-CONTAINER IN AMSTERDAM CITY…

Inspired by “The Tree Of Life”

A Terrence Malick’s movie

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Roberto Alborghetti, Cracks, Lacer/actions Proj.

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© Roberto Alborghetti – LaceR/Actions

Work on Aluminium, 80x 60, 2014

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The image is a magnification of cracks on a waste-container placed in Amsterdam near the Royal Palace (2012).

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THE TREE OF LIFE ON ALUMINIUM – THE CLIP

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Cracks is part of my Lacer/actions Project, about the decomposition of torn publicity posters on outside advertisings (my realistic and not manipulated images are transferred on canvases, lithographic prints or textiles). Since 2009 I’ve been also workin’ on metal, plastic or stony surfaces, or metal and plastic platings. So, I entered the wonderful world of Cracks… We are surrounded by cracks. We live in a planet of cracks. And cracks may be considered “an active aesthetical appreciation” of what we call the disturbing elements of imperfection. My eyes and cameras discovered, in cracks magnifications, another astonishing textures in what we usually consider waste materials. Also my Cracks are realistic, natural, random and not enhanced images, as you see in this picture. More Cracks in this special gallery…

THE CRACKS GALLERY – robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com

MY “OPEN AIR” COLLECTION: A VARIETY OF ABSTRACTS ALONG THE STREETS IN MILAN…

© Roberto Alborghetti

Milan is an amazing city also for my Lacer/actions project concerning the decomposed and torn publicity posters, natural cracks and urban signs… Some weeks ago, while I was walking in the Naviglio area, I was captured by stunning colored palettes… Yes, it was a sort of an “open air” collection, with incredible colors and textures flowing from the walls along the public streets. A variety of abstracts located in the centre of Milan, under the eyes of passers-by… So, enjoy some images…

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WARNING: THESE AREN’T PAINTINGS,

THEY ARE “LACER/ACTIONS”

Roberto Alborghetti ‘s LaceR/Actions is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of decomposed posters, cracks and urban/street signs. Transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles (as pure silk), re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and disfigured posters and natural cracks give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matter decomposition, as you may see in this gallery showing nine works from the collection of about 50.000 images captured so far by Roberto Alborghetti during his research all around the world.

The most recent Roberto Alborghetti Show (“Colors of an Apocalypse: An Intrigue for the Eyes and Mind from the Decomposed Publicity Posters”) was displaced for 100 days in the enchanting Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany (Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy) from October 6, 2012, to January 15, 2013.

A surprise public exhibition, for one night only (“Lacer/actions Show”) took place on July 14, 2013, for a special event with Historical Place in a beautiful and ancient square (Palace of Countess, Ambivere, Bergamo, Milan area, Italy). His recent projects: “Contemplations and Lacer/actions” (album, videoclip, installations, inspired by Thomas of Bergamo Scripts 1563-1631) and “Atelier of Colors and Emotions” (a project which involved autistic kids ).

EXCLUSIVE / THE ART CITIES OF EMILIA ROMAGNA (ITALY): FREE DOWNLOAD OF A SPECIAL eBOOK

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Free download: bit.ly/cda_ebook

An eBook to highlight the jewels and the wonderful art located in Emilia Romagna, Italy The authors of “The Art Cities of Emilia Romagna” are travel bloggers who come from all corners of the globe. Each one took part in the “Blogville Emilia Romagna”, project, and this eBook is a collection of their travel stories, tips and advice. Written for travellers by travellers to help you get the most out of your trip to the Art Cities of Emilia Romagna.

Graziano Prantoni, President of “Product Grouping Cities of Art, Culture and Business of Emilia Romagna” says: “We made this free e-Book because we wanted to create a fresh and new guide for everyone who wants to experience our cities. We use the word “experience” because this is what every blogger wrote about in the different stories their own experiences. In addition to presenting the cities as traditional guide book does, the authors also showcase their own personal experiences – like connecting with locals and finding delicious restaurants and artisan shops – they had while visiting the region. Inside this ebook, you’ll find a plethora of great hints and travel tips that are perfect for anyone who wants to visit and experience Emilia Romagna like a local”.

The e-book will follow the ancient Roman road Via Emilia, the “artery” of Emilia Romagna, giving readers an insiders look at all these Emilia Romagna art cities have to offer when it comes to culture, history, motorsports, and wine and food. Starting in northern Emilia Romagna at Piacenza and the Po River, will take you through the region until your final stop at Rimini on the Adriatic Sea. One thing to remember along your journey through this rich cultural region is that the best sights and must-do activities included in this e-book are not only from the art cities but also in the surrounding areas.

Prantoni says: “In Parma, you will discover the home of Giuseppe Verdi, Parma Ham and Parmigiano Reggiano, a popular Italian cheese known throughout the world. In the area of Reggio Emilia, the third city that you will encounter on the road in this guide, you will find the home of the Italian Tricolour flag and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. The e-book then takes you to Modena, which is home to famous car producer Ferrari and the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. The city is also known for the UNESCO World Heritage Ghirlandina Tower, Dome and Piazza Grande. Before entering Bologna you will have a stop at the Lamborghini and Ducati Motors factories, located in the heart of the Italian Motor Valley. Bologna is also the heart of the Via Emilia and one of Emilia Romagna’s best art cities. It’s famous for its leaning towers, it’s 40 km long Porticoes, musical heritage and traditional Italian pasta dishes, such as tagliatelle with ragu and tortellini in broth. Heading to the Adriatic Sea you will stop in Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features rich Renaissance architecture”.

Arriving on the coast, another UNESCO World Heritage Site of the region awaits you: Ravenna and its magnificent and magical mosaics. The next stop on the Via Emilia road is Faenza, known for the production of the top quality “faience” ceramics. Just a few kilometres away heading south on the Via Emilia lie the cities of Forli and Cesena, rich in art and culture. This is an important wine production area and Cesena also hosts one of the oldest libraries of the world, the Biblioteca Malatestiana. The last stop on this trip through the art cities of Emilia Romagna is Rimini, which is known for its ancient Roman centre and a 2,000 year old Roman bridge that is still used today. It is also in Rimini where the gateway to the ancient Roman roads Via Emilia and Via Flaminia starts at the Augustus Arch.

I hope you enjoy not only reading the eBook but also the journey through the different cities that make Emilia Romagna a region unlike any other in Italy. I hope to see you soon strolling through our Art Cities of Emilia Romagna “ (Graziano Prantoni).

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“THE TREE OF LIFE”… / VIDEOCLIP ABOUT MY NEW WORK ON ALUMINUM

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Artwork on Aluminium by Roberto Alborghetti for his “Lacer/actions” project about realistic and not manipulated images of torn and decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks and urban “signs”.

The image is a magnification of cracks on a waste-container placed in Amsterdam near the Royal Palace (2012).

Title inspired by Terrence Malick ‘s movie

 © Roberto Alborghetti — LaceR/Actions Realistic image on Aluminium, cms 80x 60,  2014

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Roberto Alborghetti, 2014

Cracks is part of my Lacer/actions Project, about  the decomposition of torn publicity posters on outside advertisings (my realistic and not manipulated images are transferred on canvases, lithographic prints or textiles). Since 2009 I’ve been also workin’ on metal, plastic or stony surfaces, or metal and plastic platings. So, I entered the wonderful world of Cracks… We are surrounded by cracks. We live in a planet of cracks. And cracks may be considered “an active aesthetical appreciation” of what we call the disturbing elements of imperfection. My eyes and cameras discovered, in cracks magnifications, another astonishing textures in what we usually consider waste materials. Also my Cracks are realistic, natural, random and not enhanced images, as you see in this picture. More Cracks at   www.robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/

2ND ACT NETWORKING EVENT AT BEESTON, NOTTINGHAM (UK): EMBRACING CREATIVITY… PERFORMERS AND ART FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

Last Thursday night 13th March saw ACT Group’s 2nd networking performance leap to electrifying heights! ACT Group, not-for-profit organisation, based Beeston, Nottingham, UK, brought together 10 artistes from around the globe to perform a “cultural experiment” at its “Cultures Crossing” themed evening.  ACT’s mission, as facilitators, is embracing a fusion of multi-cultural creatives to act as one single voice to promote the town of Beeston, Nottingham. The nucleus was centred at Anglo Scotian Mills, Wollaton Road, Beeston’s Victorian landmark building, where everyone gathered for a perfect networking environment and to enjoy an evening of “live” performances.

Marysia Zipser, Founder/Secretary of ACT Group, introduced her new team of followers – Paul Boyd as Chairman, Oksana Holbrook as Treasurer/Legal Affairs and Shalen Fu, ACT Assistant and currently University of Nottingham’s international exchange student from Ningbo campus, China.

Dori Kirchmair – poet, artist, inspirational speaker, kicked off the impressive line-up by reciting her poem “Resonance” depicting an event which she experienced two years ago and has transcribed into “performance”. Her voice portrays such sensitivity and she has to be seen and heard to be appreciated.  Initially a fine artist, she now devotes her time to writing poetry, reciting and speaking throughout Nottinghamshire. Viennese born, she has lived in UK for 20 years and now resident at Arnold, Nottingham.

Ling Peng – musician and composer, from Radcliffe on Trent, Nottingham – performed and conveyed two spine tingling “stories” on erhu, a traditional musical stringed instrument that has been played in China for over 600 years.  Ling performs Europe-wide and is touring shortly to Edinburgh and around the UK; last time she played was at Lakeside Theatre University of Nottingham during Chinese New Year celebrations.  Her emotional and evocative renditions proved to Thursday’s audience that Beeston can achieve so much to embrace its significant Chinese community to promote its international cultural and business linkages.

Adam Zareba, 19, musician, songwriter, dream chaser and Media Studies student at Nottingham Trent University, performed two songs “Whiskey” and “Holding On”.  Adam, with his wonderful voice, empowered all present, especially those Chinese students, who fell in love with him, his music and lyrics.  He is off to tour USA East Coast and then Chicago from 11th June for 6 weeks.  He has another EP out 21st April and has many YouTube extracts.  Say no more – everyone can join him on Twitter!  This global star-to-be lives at Gamston, Nottingham.

Clare Brown, English teacher and Head of Department, from Beeston, stood in, at short notice, for her partner, Trak E Smith (pen name Trak E Sumisu), poet, author, antiques dealer, lecturer, to relate about his latest trilogy of transgressive genre novels first of which “CPR – Cognitive Positive Regard” was published Summer 2013. 

Marcus Gilmore was present to explain his role as Trak’s book cover designer and how their working design relationship transpired and evolved. Matthew Stent, the protagonist, is a psychotherapist living in Nottingham who travels to Berlin and Glastonbury whilst unravelling and analysing his clients’ cases.  There are many affectionate Nottingham coffee-shop rants which are very amusing and revealing.

The cultural experiment exchange then followed with 3 minute YouTube and website extracts from 6 artistes from South Africa, Canada, USA, India and Italy.  Namely, Beverley Price, jewellery artist from Johannesburg, Rand Heidinger, visual artist and brand from Winnipeg, AEneas Macrae, abstract digital artist from Vancouver, Suman Guptar, Indian contemporary artist from Kashmir, Ron G Button, poet and short story writer from Denver Colorado and Roberto Alborghetti, reporter, author, visual artist and founder of Lacer/Actions project in Milan. 

This fusion was appreciated by many artists and gallery owners present who agreed that their works could produce wonderful trans-global cultural “business” for all in Beeston, Nottingham. In between rests, Ling and Adam were noticed playing their erhu and guitar  strings harmoniously together – maybe they will start a new musical collaboration, with Dori writing the connecting words…we can only wait to see and hear. It was an evening to be remembered – all those after the event and the following day related how emotionally charged they were during and after each performance so all their senses were heightened.  In fact, there were several photographers who attended and didn’t realise their majority presence until they networked and met each other! A “cultural crossing” converged and emerged victorious on Thursday evening – it was certainly “Veni, Vidi, Vici!” for everyone at The Lace Mill in Beeston…

Photographs by Paul Boyd: 

Dori Kirchmair, Adam Zareba, Clare Brown and Ling Peng

LINKS TO ARTISTS:   

Dori Kirchmair  

http://dori2k.wordpress.com/

Adam Zareba

https://twitter.com/adamzarebamusic and https://soundcloud.com/start-static

Ling Peng

http://www.ling-peng.com/  

Trak E Smith (pen name Trak E Sumisu)

www.amazon.co.uk/CPR-Conditional-Positive-Trak-Sumisu/dp/1780356137

https://twitter.com/TrakESumisu

Marcus Gilmore 

http://skaramanger.deviantart.com/

http://skaramanger.deviantart.com/gallery/ and also go onto Gallery Folders

Beverley Price

http://www.designindaba.com/profiles/beverley-price

http://beverleypricejewellery.tumblr.com/

Rand Heidinger 

http://www.modernist.ca/

Aeneas Macrae  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxJvIBFz7Lo

Suman Guptar 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQB_lEeTw78

Ron G Button – poem “Sunshine Blossom” to be recorded shortly by Marysia Zipser  http://www.youtube.com/user/gumbysfist & go onto VIDEOS

Roberto Alborghetti 

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/?s=YouTube

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Marysia Zipser, marysiazipser@hotmail.co.uk (44) (0) 7899 798487

Paul Boyd, paulboyd@mac.com (44) (0) 7939246810

Shalen Fu   shalen.fyym@gmail.com

http://www.a-c-tgroup.com/

“WHAT ARE YOU MAD ABOUT THIS MARCH?” / “THE CHEETAH KNOW HOW” SERIES

 

© Roberto Alborghetti – LaceR-Actions, 2014

© Roberto Alborghetti – LaceR-Actions, 2014

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NOTTINGHAM (UK): MY “LACER/ACTIONS” TAKING PART TO “2ND NETWORKING EVENT” OF ACT GROUP (MARCH 13) / A “CULTURES CROSSING” EXPERIMENT…

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Next Thursday March 13 is going to be a “wow!” of an ACT (Art-Culture-Tourisme) in Beeston, Nottingham, UK. It is also going to be a “cultural experiment” bringing all together to perform artists from different Nations of the world. I’m very glad to be part of this wonderful event, promoted by ACT, with my Lacer/actions Project about works of torn and decomposed publicity posters, natural and random “cracks” and urban signs.

The second event (Cultures Crossing) will be held at Anglo-Scotian Mills on Wollaton Road, Beeston, from18:00 to 20:30 (March 13). This time, there will be guest performers coming from different countries presenting wonderful music, dance, literature, arts etc. It is also a great opportunity to network with people from the business and creative domain. This event is free admission.

Marysia Zipser (ACT group, Events Manager & Arts/Heritage Tourism promoter) announced that “The 2nd networking event of ACT group” is going to be a “cultural experiment” bringing the “following artists together to experience via their YouTube extracts:Roberto Alborghetti (reporter, author, visual artist, founder of “Lacer/actions” project), Suman Guptar  (contemporary Indian artist in Kashmir), Ron G Button  (poet & short story writer in Denver, Colorado), Rand Heidinger (visual artist & Brand in Winnipeg), Beverley Price (jewellery artist in Jo’burg), Aenaeas Macrae (abstract artist in Vancouver).

Here’s the latest line-up of performers: Ling Peng (musician and composer playing Erhu), Dori Kirchmair (artist, poet, inspirational talker – reciting her poem “Resonance”), Trak E Smith (poet, author, artist, antiques dealer, lecturer – reciting his latest Beeston poem “The Haj”), Adam Zareba (musician, songwriter, dream chaser, Media Studies student at Nottingham Trent University ).

 The event will be video-filmed, photographated and audio boo pod-casted and edited and posted on ACT website which will be officially launched on 13th March too. 

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ACT Group (Art-Culture-Tourism)

Marysia Zipser (Founder/Secretary), Paul Boyd (Chair), Oksana Holbrook (Treasurer/Legal), Shalen Fu (ACT Assistant & Comms/Journalism student from University of Nottingham & Ningbo).

CRACKS AS MIMOSAS… / ABSTRACT SERIES TO CELEBRATE MARCH 8, THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, CRACKS, LACER/ACTIONS PROJECT

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These abstract yellow and green scenes – I took them from a rusty iron gate… – remind the colors of Mimosas, the flower which is the symbol in Italy of March 8.  

The International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th March. In Italy it is traditional on this day to give yellow Mimosa flowers to women as a sign of respect and solidarity. Women give Mimosa to each other as well. Mimosa (Acacia Dealbata) was introduced to Europe from Australia in 1820. It is probably the first tree to flower – as early as January – and its yellow flowers cheer up the winter landscape.

The International Women’s Day began in 1908 to commemorate the 129 women who died in a fire in a factory in Chicago in that year, and also commemorates two other international events: a strike by women garment workers on March 8, 1857 in New York, which led to the foundation of the first women’s union in the US, and a strike by Russian women on the same day in 1917. In 1945 the Union of Italian Women declared that this special date, March 8, should be set aside to celebrate womanhood across the country.

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WARNING: THESE AREN’T PAINTINGS,

THEY ARE “LACER/ACTIONS”

Cracks is part of my Lacer/actions Project, about  the decomposition of torn publicity posters on outside advertisings (my realistic and not manipulated images are transferred on canvases, lithographic prints or textiles). I’ve been also researching on metal and plastic surfaces, or metal and plastic platings. This is the wonderful world of Cracks… My eyes and cameras discovered in cracks magnifications amazings textures.  Also my Cracks are realistic, natural, random and not enhanced images, as you see in this picture, which is not a painting, but a real scene from this real world… These abstract yellow and green recall me the colors of Mimosa…

THE CRACKS GALLERY – robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com

SIENA (ITALY): “THE GATE OF HEAVEN” RE-OPENS ITS WALK THROUGH MAGNIFICENT ART

 

Photos: Courtesy of Opera – Civita Group, Press Office

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The Cathedral of Siena re-opens its “Gate of Heaven( 1 March – 6 January 2015). Once again, from 1st March, visitors will be able to admire the very peak of the building. The visiting path, opened forthe first timelast spring,has allowed to admire venueseveropen to the publicandonly used bythe workmen directed by a succession of great architects who have followed one another during the centuries. After the large attendance of Italian and foreign public registered during the last extraordinary opening, the Rector of the Opera della Metropolitana, MarioLorenzoni, has promoted also forthis year, a re-openingof the Gate ofHeaven.

The visit starts with the magnificent façade of the Duomo, flanked by two majestic towers ending in many spirelike forms that shoot upwards.  In these towers, winding staircases, practically invisible to visitors, lead up to the ‘heavens’ of the Cathedral.  Above the starry vault of the right aisle begins an itinerary reserved to small groups accompanied by expert guides, which reserves a succession of discoveries and emotions.  Visitors will indeed walk ‘above’ the holy temple and admire fascinating views both ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ the Cathedral.  From the polychrome stained glass windows depicting the Apostles by Ulisse De Matteis, visitors will gaze down onto the floor and the principal sculptural monuments, and even inside the dome with its ‘Pantheon’ of Sienese saints, the four Patron Saints, Saint Catherine and Saint Bernardino, the golden ‘giants’ who from above protect the community of the faithful.  Then, from the balcony of the dome, they will contemplate the high altar, the copy of the stained glass window by Duccio di Buoninsegna with, in the centre, the mandorla of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, and masterpieces of sculpture.  From the left aisle, they will look out to admire a splendid panorama of the Basilica of San Domenico, the Medici Fortress, the entire dome of the Chapel of Saint John the Baptist, and the surrounding countryside up to hills known as the Montagnola Senese.  Finally, they will enter behind the façade, at the balcony that looks out onto Piazza del Duomo and the view of the Spedale di Santa Maria della Scala, and enter the balcony on the counter-façade.  Here unfolds an overall view of the nave; the gaze scans the heads of popes and emperors, the intarsias with the philosophers of the ancient world uttering sentences.

The “gate of heaven” is opened to visitors as though they were climbing the ladder that appeared to Jacob in his dream, the top of which reached heaven, and the angels of God ascending and descending on it (Genesis 28: 10-22).  In his dream, God promises Jacob the earth on which he has slept and an immense lineage.  When he rises, Jacob exclaims «This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven», a verse used by the liturgy of the mass in dedicating cathedrals.  In the Litany of Loreto, though, the ‘gate of heaven’ is also the Virgin Mary, a definition that best expresses her power and goodness.  As the Mother of Christ and of humanity, Mary contributes to our eternal salvation in Heaven where she is the ‘Queen assumed into Heaven’.  The visiting itinerary “from above” will thus permit visitors to better understand the dedication of the Cathedral of Siena to the Assumption of the Madonna, and the strong connection the people of Siena have had with their ‘patron’ for centuries:  Sena vetus civitas Virginis.

Strongly desired by the Opera della Metropolitana di Siena, the initiative is organised by Opera – Civita Group. Opera Civita Group manages the booking, information and guided tours services for the Cathedral of Siena complex and, for the extraordinary opening of the ‘Gate of Heaven’, proposes cultural packages that enrich the city’s touristic offer.

For more information, visit our website at:  www.operaduomo.siena.it

SPECS

1 March 2014 – 6 January 2015

Cathedral of Siena

Tickets (by reservation only)

Full:  € 25.00

Children up to 11 years old: € 7.00

Group:   € 400.00 (max 17 pax)

OPA SI PASS + (Museums and Attic of the Duomo) € 30.00

Ticket price includes the guided tour to the Attic of the Duomo and to the Cathedral

Information and Booking

Tel. +39 0577286300 (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm)

Email: opasiena@operalaboratori.com

PRESS OFFICE

Opera – Civita Group

Barbara Izzo – Arianna Diana

Salvatore La Spina

 

“SAVE THE RIZZOLI BOOKSTORE”, HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL ICON OF NEW YORK CITY / SIGN THE PETITION

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The Rizzoli Bookstore building is an icon of New York City architecture and one of the most beautiful commercial spaces in America. It is an impressive example of adaptive reuse of a former piano showroom into a retail space and one of the few remaining examples of architecturally significant bookstores in an era where bookstores are increasingly threatened. Recently, Vornado and Le Frak Realty have announced plans to demolish the building in order to build a new high-rise (International Business Times article)

 The Landmarks Preservation Commission, whose mission is “to be responsible for protecting New York City’s architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings,” has declined to grant landmark status to the building on the grounds that the property “lacks the architectural significance necessary to meet the criteria for designation,” despite the Community Board voting unanimously in favor of designating 31 W 57TH Street a landmark in 2007 (Link to Community Board Resolution)

Peg Breen, President of NY Landmarks Conservancy, said “it’s unlikely at this point that the “three little gems” will be saved unless a public backlash is strong enough to convince city officials otherwise.”(Quoted in IBS article above). Tell the Landmark Preservation Commission that 31 W 57th Street is architecturally significant and deserves landmark status!

 For more news, visit webpage: www.saverizzoli.org

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Sign the petition “New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission: Designate 31 West 57th Street as an individual and interior landmark”:

 Sign the Petition at change.org

WATCH THE CLIP:

http://youtu.be/u8osg0pwU30

 

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