The goal of the committee appointed by Mayor Elicker in late summer 2020 is to determine an appropriate monument to honor the contributions of Italian American heritage in New Haven. The committee researched and developed the form and identity for a monument, statue or similar symbol of appropriate dimension and stature that represents the Italian American experience and will be placed atop the existing or, if necessary, modified pedestal in Wooster Square Park.
On Wednesday, July 28, members of the Monument Committee voted overwhelmingly to support Marc-Anthony Massaro’s Indicando la via al futuro (Pointing the Way to the Future) to replace the statue of Christopher Columbus that came down last June. Massaro’s sculpture features an Italian immigrant family of four as they arrive in the United States. The artist grew up in Wooster Square and now runs a studio in Branford.
See details in Lucy’s Gellman’s excellent article in the Arts Paper, published by the Arts Council
How the Decision was Made:
The WSMC worked diligently from August 2020 through July 2021, making their decision based on the following process:
In September they published a Request for Ideas, inviting members of the Greater New Haven community contribute. By the October 12submission deadline, more than 100 ideas, comments and suggestions were received.
After reviewing all entries, categorizing them and beginning discussions on a suitable replacement, it was decided that no single person or historical figure would be appropriate. Instead, the Committee – inspired by many of the submitted ideas – decided to commission a public art installation that tells the story of Italian immigration to New Haven and Wooster Square, as well as highlights the contributions Italian immigrants and their descendants have made to the City of New Haven.
On April 1, 2021 a Call to Artists – RFQ was released to the public. The goal was to identify and engage a professional artist/designer to work collaboratively to bring the story of Italian immigration to life.
In July, 2021 six artists under consideration made presentations. See their information below. There are links to the videos of their presentations — four on July 14 and two on July 15.
Click the link below to view presentations from Atelier Cue, David Gesualdi, Marc Masssaro, and Falcone Artist Studio. Use the passcode 9.!c1For
Click the link below to view presentations from kuhr wooster square and Rich Ramadei. Passcode qE7Xf&Lb
And click here to take a look at Lucy Gellman’s excellent article in the July 16 issue of The Arts paper. She details each presentation.
How how will this project be funded?
This public art project will be privately funded through grants and community donations. No money will be coming from the City of New Haven. This is a source of Italian American pride and heritage. We welcome all ideas from those professionals who have the experience and meet the requirements expressed in the RFQ and are willing to work collaboratively with our committee and our community.