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In the Shadow of Mount Rushmore: Luigi del Bianco
Nov 8, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm| $20
Join Green-Wood for a Look into Italian Immigrant Luigi Del Bianco’s Key Role in Sculpting America’s Iconic Monument
WHAT: Green-Wood celebrates Luigi Del Bianco – an Italian immigrant who went from carving cemetery headstones and monuments to becoming the chief carver at Mount Rushmore. Although he brought to life one of America’s most famous monuments, Luigi’s contribution goes largely unsung.
Visitors will join Lou Del Bianco, Luigi’s grandson, for a discussion and performance about the history, artistry and life of Luigi. Using original photos and personal correspondence, between Luigi and Rushmore designer Gutzon Borglum, Lou will demonstrate just how instrumental Luigi’s involvement was in the iconic mountainside sculpture. Part discussion and part performance, Lou Del Bianco will celebrate the great achievements of his grandfather.
After the talk, visitors will embark on a trolley tour of Green-Wood featuring the work of other Italian sculptors, including the Angel of Death, carved by Gutzon Borglum’s brother, Solon, Jane Griffith’s monument, and the Valentine angel.
WHEN: Saturday, November 8, 2014; 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Green-Wood – Meet inside the historic chapel (25th Street at 5th Avenue, Brooklyn). Take the “R” train to 25th Street in Brooklyn and walk up the hill one block and into the Cemetery. Free parking is available.
COST: The talk is free. The trolley tour is $20; $15 for members of the Green-Wood Historic Fund and members of the Brooklyn Historical Society.