Tamara L. Honesty
Created by Kent State University in collaboration with the Opera di Santa Croce
of Florence, Italy, the Sisters in Liberty exhibit explores the long-standing cultural ties between Italy and the United States through themes of art, architecture, liberty, poetry and the human condition.
The focal points of the exhibit are two statues which captured the dream of self-determination, democracy and liberty that flourished around the world after the American Revolution: Pio Fedi’s 1883 Liberty of Poetry, which stands in the church of SantaCroce in Florence, Italy, and Frédéric Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty, which was inaugurated in New York in 1886.
Kent State is supporting the themes of this exhibit in several ways, including producing a nearly life-size, 3D reproduction of the Liberty of Poetry that faithfully conveys its size and beauty, which guests are able to view up-close. Kent State is also providing a Wick Poetry CenterListening Wall, which allows users to view historical documents, oral histories and multimedia stories that center on the themes of the exhibit, and then create and share their own poetic reflections.
The original statue was 3D-scanned by a Kent State team and eventually 3D-printed by a large-scale 3D-Printing company, Freshmade 3D
. The replica is 80% scale ofthe original for an overall height of close to 10 feet. From Ohio, I worked with the art historians in Florence to color match the Carrara marble of the original statue while it was in the process of being cleaned and restored.