Restoration of The Spirit of Greenbush by Antonio Testolin (2000)
Friday, August 18, 2017 - 4:27pm
Rededication Event Thursday, August 24, 2017, 4pm
The Spirit of Greenbush memorial was commissioned to honor the rich and diverse history of the Greenbush neighborhood. The monument includes a central carving made out of Italian Carrara marble, and around that center-piece, a pyramid-shaped base holds granite slabs containing photo-etched images and text that tells stories of the original residents.
Over time, the marble form remained stable, but portions of the granite cladding around the sculpture’s base loosened and many of the images were unreadable or broken. Recognizing the need to recreate and reconstruct the piece before it was irreparable, community organizer and member of the Italian Workmen’s Club, Frank Alfano, volunteered to help City staff and the Madison Arts Commission create a plan for the memorial’s restoration. With Alfano’s dedicated stewardship, and a joint effort between Findorff Construction and Pechmann Memorials, restoration of The Spirit of Greenbush is anticipated to be completed by August 24, 2017.
The Italian Workmen’s Club (IWC) of Madison, WI will sponsor a rededication event for the memorial The Spirit of Greenbush on Thursday, August 24 at 4:00 PM at the corner of Regent and North Murray streets. This event is free and open to the public.