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World famous artist wants to sculpt a masterpiece for San Salvador
By Oswald Brown
Feb 26, 2017 - 3:07:54 PM

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Many of Mr. Arturo DiModica’s masterpieces can been seen around New York City, but the most famous of them all is “THE CHARGING BULL,” a 3.5-ton sculpture at the entrance of Bowling Green Park. Pictured from left to right with one of Mr. DiModica’s sculptures outside “CIPRIANI” restaurant, 376 W Broadway, following a working lunch are: Mrs. Valerie Brown-Alce, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s New York Office; Mr. Arturo DiModica; Consul Joy Newbold, Bahamas Consulate General New York; Mr. Arthur Piccolo of Bowling Green Park; Consul Sandra McLaughlin, Bahamas Consulate General New York; and Consul General Carroll.

NEW YORK - Mr. Arturo DiModica, a world famous Italian sculptor, has expressed an interest in sculpting one of his masterpieces to be erected on the island of San Salvador in The Bahamas, where the great explorer Christopher Columbus, a fellow Italian, first landed on October 12, 1492.

Mr. DiModica, who was born in the small Sicilian city of Vittoria in the Province of Ragusa on January 26, 1941 and moved to New York in 1973, discussed his proposed project with the Hon. Forrester Carroll, Bahamas Consul General to New York, during a courtesy call on  the Consul General on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

He said that he initially wanted to sculpt the piece for San Salvador 25 years ago when The Bahamas commemorated the 500th year of Columbus’ landing in what he called “the new world, but had to put the project on  hold.

He noted that he is now ready to fulfill his dream and, with the Bahamas Government’s consent, on the occasion of the 525th anniversary, he would like to establish a lasting memorial to that time when the two worlds met.

Many of Mr. DiModica’s masterpieces can been seen around New York City, but the most famous of them all is “THE CHARGING BULL,” which has stood at the entrance of Bowling Green Park since December 1989. The 3.5-ton bronze masterpiece is a great tourist attraction.

Mr. DiModica was accompanied by his friend Mr. Arthur Piccolo during his courtesy call on Consul General Carroll.

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