FLORENCE, MARCH 28 – After being displayed in London, New York and Dubai, a replica of Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph, recreated by The Million Image Database project to safeguard world heritage, was installed in Piazza Della Signoria in Florence as part of the G7 of Culture taking place in the Tuscan city on March 30th and 31st.
The initiative, launched by the Institute for Digital Archaeology, was carried out with the combined efforts of UNESCO, Oxford University, the Dubai Museum of the Future and the government of the United Arab Emirates. It is in line with the Unite4Heritage campaigns promoted by the UN agency for culture which were bolstered after the Italo-French resolution to protect cultural heritage was unanimously approved by the Security Council on Friday.
The Arch was placed in Piazza Della Signoria facing Palazzo Vecchio, to symbolize the rebirth and reconstruction of works of art that belong to the heritage of mankind, and will be on display until April 27th. Although the initiative took shape on a global scale, the Arch was actually built in Tuscany by Torart, a company from Carrara led by two young entrepreneurs, Giacomo Massari and Filippo Tincolini, which specializes in sculpture, contemporary art and design and in the use of new technologies in crafting marble, gemstones and other hard materials.
The replica of the Palmyra Arch has already been on display in the heart of London, in Trafalgar Square and in New York’s City Hall. Florence is the first location in Italy and its journey aims to engage international public opinion in recognizing the importance of safeguarding mankind’s cultural and artistic heritage.
The installation of the Arch is not the only initiative that will enrich the Florentine G7. Nardella, who met today with the directors of renown European and American museums to discuss the circulation of works of art, announced that the famed Chimera of Arezzo, dating back to the Etruscans (4th-5th century), then found and brought to palazzo Vecchio by Cosimo I De’ Medici in 1552, will return to its rightful home: “It will be on display for dignitaries and delegations as well as for passionate art-lovers from all over the world.”