The 2019-2020 exhibition “Sisters in Liberty” at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration in New York celebrates the bicentennial presence of the United States Consulate General in Florence, Italy. The Statue of Liberty in New York (Frédéric Bartholdiwhich) and the Liberty of Poetry in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence (Pio Fedi) are connected both in stance and detail as well as ideology.
For this historically significant event, SACI (Studio Arts College International) collaborated with the Basilica of Santa Croce’s museum curators* in creating a website that explores the foundation of the two sister statues- history of the concept of liberty. There were 5 topics relating to liberty and freedom that are discussed on the website. The design is minimal, focusing* on the content. A topographic map denotes movement and the flow of change both physically and emotionally. The merging lines and merging colors are unbroken, continuous.
“The closeness between the two sister statues is a symbol of this bond, today stronger than ever. Thousands of visitors come from the United States and hundreds of American donors have supported and continue to support our restoration projects with great generosity. This exhibition is a way to renew our friendship and to thank them too.” -Irene Sanesi, president of the Opera di Santa Croce.