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Gargoyle
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We're saving the sculpture of Staglieno cemetery, Genoa, Italy

Everyone visits Rome, Florence and Venice, but Genoa isn't on the "Grand Tour", and a cemetery on the outskirts of the city certainly isn't on the tourist radar. However, Staglieno Cemetery is a hidden treasure. It is the largest outdoor museum in Europe and holds the finest collection of mid 19th to mid 20th century Italian marble sculpture. Mark Twain wrote rave reviews of it, with good reason.

We are an American non-profit 501(c)3 supporting restoration of these irreplaceable marble sculptures. To date we have restored 5 masterpieces, with two more currently underway. Early next year we hope to restore a 16 foot tall Art Nouveau masterpiece, the 1918 Pozzo/Debarbieri memorial by the artist Luigi Brizzolara (pictured below) The heavy layers of dirt are made up of pollutants that break down the surface of the marble. The dirt also obscures the design, making it very difficult to read the dramatic beauty of this work. Imagine how stunning it will be when returned to its original glory.

A generous donor has pledged matching funds, so your donation will be doubled. Any amount will help. Visit http://donate.staglieno.com to learn more and make a contribution.

The Pozzo Debarbieri monument is flanked by two smaller marble gems, the Luigi Bodoano and Francesco Maino crypts. We plan to restore all three.

We all understand giving to support medical care, feeding the hungry, and providing emergency disaster relief. We understand donating to local cultural activities, to enhance the quality of life in our own communities. But, why donate to restore statues in an obscure cemetery on the outskirts of a city that we might have never even considered visiting?

Our oldest records of civilization come to us through stone carving. This art has been with us throughout history. Italy at the time of these sculptures was a high point in technical skill, artistry and story telling in marble. These sculptures are at a critical point, deteriorating before our very eyes. This is a unique opportunity to save this irreplaceable cultural treasure for future generations.


The 1885 Benjamin Whitehead monument by Lorenzo Orengo, before and after our restoration.

Current work in progress on the 1881 statue of Caterina Campodonica, "the Hazelnut Vendor", the most beloved statue at Staglieno Cemetery in Genoa. This is one of the finest examples of the brief, little known artistic period known as "Bourgeois Realism" or "Naturalism".

Any size donation helps. If you are able to sponsor a sculpture you will be thanked and remembered with a plaque placed near the sculpture. Please contact me for more information.

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Posted : November 3, 2016 11:43 pm
About Again
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Great work G, i'll have to wait a few years before i can afford to commission your work:)

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Posted : November 4, 2016 4:37 am
Betty Boop
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Gargoyle, post: 2766298, member: 66 wrote: We're saving the sculpture of Staglieno cemetery, Genoa, Italy

Everyone visits Rome, Florence and Venice, but Genoa isn't on the "Grand Tour", and a cemetery on the outskirts of the city certainly isn't on the tourist radar. However, Staglieno Cemetery is a hidden treasure. It is the largest outdoor museum in Europe and holds the finest collection of mid 19th to mid 20th century Italian marble sculpture. Mark Twain wrote rave reviews of it, with good reason.

We are an American non-profit 501(c)3 supporting restoration of these irreplaceable marble sculptures. To date we have restored 5 masterpieces, with two more currently underway. Early next year we hope to restore a 16 foot tall Art Nouveau masterpiece, the 1918 Pozzo/Debarbieri memorial by the artist Luigi Brizzolara (pictured below) The heavy layers of dirt are made up of pollutants that break down the surface of the marble. The dirt also obscures the design, making it very difficult to read the dramatic beauty of this work. Imagine how stunning it will be when returned to its original glory.

A generous donor has pledged matching funds, so your donation will be doubled. Any amount will help. Visit http://donate.staglieno.com to learn more and make a contribution.

The Pozzo Debarbieri monument is flanked by two smaller marble gems, the Luigi Bodoano and Francesco Maino crypts. We plan to restore all three.

We all understand giving to support medical care, feeding the hungry, and providing emergency disaster relief. We understand donating to local cultural activities, to enhance the quality of life in our own communities. But, why donate to restore statues in an obscure cemetery on the outskirts of a city that we might have never even considered visiting?

Our oldest records of civilization come to us through stone carving. This art has been with us throughout history. Italy at the time of these sculptures was a high point in technical skill, artistry and story telling in marble. These sculptures are at a critical point, deteriorating before our very eyes. This is a unique opportunity to save this irreplaceable cultural treasure for future generations.


The 1885 Benjamin Whitehead monument by Lorenzo Orengo, before and after our restoration.

Current work in progress on the 1881 statue of Caterina Campodonica, "the Hazelnut Vendor", the most beloved statue at Staglieno Cemetery in Genoa. This is one of the finest examples of the brief, little known artistic period known as "Bourgeois Realism" or "Naturalism".

Any size donation helps. If you are able to sponsor a sculpture you will be thanked and remembered with a plaque placed near the sculpture. Please contact me for more information.

Hope to visit one day!

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Posted : November 10, 2016 1:19 am
Gargoyle
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Betty Boop, post: 2767312, member: 101969 wrote: Hope to visit one day!

It's well worth it! Thousands of sculptures... and in the meantime, I hope everyone will consider a small donation to help us save these beautiful works of art.

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Posted : November 11, 2016 12:54 am
Gargoyle
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Check out the beautiful Inside Flyer visual travelogues, our photos of cities and regions around the world
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See the incredible sculpture from Staglieno Cemetery in Genoa, Italy[/SIZE">

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Posted : November 11, 2016 12:59 am
Betty Boop
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Gargoyle, post: 2767446, member: 66 wrote: It's well worth it! Thousands of sculptures... and in the meantime, I hope everyone will consider a small donation to help us save these beautiful works of art.

I follow the page on FB and will make a donation.

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Posted : November 11, 2016 10:26 am
Gargoyle
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Our restoration of the Chiarella DeKatt sculpture is coming along beautifully. This 1880 sculpture by Domenico Carli was covered with a dense layer of dirt and black crust, which was retaining moisture and attacking the surface of the marble. She is being cleaned with a combination of laser cleaning and application of a gel with mild solvents. This penetrate the pores of the marble, and, when removed after 20 minutes, lifts off the dirt. These are very delicate methods with no adverse effect on the marble.

We are almost half way to our fundraising goal. Will you help us restore more of these beautiful art works at Staglieno Cemetery in Genoa, Italy? Visit http://donate.staglieno.com/ to learn more.

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Posted : November 18, 2016 11:36 pm
Gargoyle
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Our restoration of the Caterina Campodonico sculpture, introduced in the first post in this thread, is almost complete. Won't you visit http://donate.staglieno.com/ and make a small (or large) donation to help save these works of art? Until the end of the year all donations are being matched, doubling your impact.

Check out the beautiful Inside Flyer visual travelogues, our photos of cities and regions around the world
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Posted : December 12, 2016 12:45 pm
Gargoyle
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As we near the end of the year, won't you help preserve this incredible artistic heritage, so our grandchildren and great grandchildren can see what people could accomplish with creativity, skill, and just simple steel chisels and blocks of stone? All donations are tax deductible under U.S. tax code, and until Dec. 31st will have double the impact, as they are being matched by a generous donor.

Visit http://donate.staglieno.com
Even the smallest donation helps save these sculptures.

Check out the beautiful Inside Flyer visual travelogues, our photos of cities and regions around the world
[SIZE=1"> Limestone, Marble, DL PM, MM, Panera Platinum, Global Entry
See the incredible sculpture from Staglieno Cemetery in Genoa, Italy[/SIZE">

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Posted : December 26, 2016 9:49 pm
tommy777
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I absolutely love and enjoy Italy, out of the 100+ countries I've visited, it's by far my favorite. The art, the culture, the food and of course the wine.

Fantastic initiative, Gargoyle. I love the passion and all the work you've put in to it. And I absolutely respect all you have done for the frequent flyer communities. As you know, Insideflyer is not the vibrant place we'd hope it would be and the charity engagements are not as big as they used to be.

But we still actively run the MegaDo's and the FTUs and this year alone, over 65K USD has been donated from these activities.

So I'll tell you what: We will make your efforts one of the charities for SMD8, the Star Alliance 20th anniversary main event. That should fetch you a pretty penny 😉

Announcements will come in late January.

Cheers

-Tommy

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Posted : December 30, 2016 4:18 pm