ANTHONY FUSCO FAMILY DONATION, MICHELANGELO
Columbus Centre Lobby
Carrara marble by Lawrence Voaides, 2003
Digitally enhanced photograph by Jack Gilbert, 2004
The Anthony Fusco Family Sculpture Commissions:
Anthony Fusco Sr., a founder of Villa Charities and prominent businessman and philanthropist, has commissioned the carving of sculptural busts of prominent Italians who made major contributions in the arts, science, philosophy and literature. This two-year project will result in a total of 12 busts being carved and installed in the Columbus Centre and the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery.
Hand carved by master stone carver, Lawrence C. Voaides of Traditional Cut Stone Ltd. In Toronto from Carrara marble, each bust stands 22″ and weighs 30 kilograms [300 pounds]. The eight completed portraits are of Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, (music) Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo da Vinci, (art) Dante Alighieri, Francesco Petrarca, (literature) Galileo Galilei and Guglielmo Marconi (science).
The busts were officially unveiled Sunday, June 6, 2004 in a delightful ceremony of song and band music performed by the Coro Verdi and Banda Verdi. It is the largest single donation of art in the seventeen-year history of the Gallery and the first major gift of sculpture since Gallery founder Joseph Carrier’s annual donations [1989-1994].
David’s Shadow At Columbus Centre:
THE MERCEDES CHACIN DE FUCHS COLLECTION
OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICAN NATIVITY SCENES:
The De Fuchs’ collection of forty-seven different sets of figurines were donated to the Gallery’s permanent collection this year. The nativity scenes blend pre-Christian Native traditions and Christmas motifs. Vernacular architecture and local materials such as straw, corn husks, wood, gourds and eggshells have been transformed to produce folk-art and regional interpretations of the birth of Christ.