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Wow: recreating the Sistine Chapel on a Brooklyn building to promote Confession

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 03/31/17

This is pretty impressive: 

On Friday, March 17, the brick wall of a Brooklyn building will become an artist’s canvas as he paints a renowned scene from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The project is part of an Easter campaign designed to inspire forgiveness.  One of the world’s most iconic images, Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” will grace 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge at the corner of 81st Street. Artist Mike Fusco will be painting the 20.5 foot by 23-foot billboard and will be available for interviews on site. “Obviously, it’s a big deal to recreate a master’s work,” Fusco said. “You notice many more qualities in the process that a normal observer misses. In that regard, it’s quite special. You’re retracing footsteps, and it puts you in a similar state of mind because you’re working towards achieving the same result hundreds of years after the fact.” Fusco, who studies the works of master artists in his graduate painting program at the New York Academy of Art, said, “I am familiar with the fresco method of the original. While we are painting with enamel, I think it functions in the same spirit as fresco painting did in Michelangelo’s time. Both are the hardiest, most permanent and workable mediums of their day, and both dry quickly. In many ways, they’re similar commercial tools of art, which includes transferring of lines and then painting quickly and skillfully,” Fusco said. The scene, painted more than 500 years ago on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, depicts the hand of God reaching out toward the hand of Adam. In Bay Ridge, the image will be accompanied by the words: “Connect with God, experience the power of forgiveness this Easter.” The billboard message will go on to inform Catholics that churches throughout the greater New York City area will be open for walk-in confessions on Monday, April 10 from 3 to 9 pm. The day, coined “Reconciliation Monday,” is a joint effort of the Diocese of Brooklyn, Archdiocese of New York, and Diocese of Rockville Center.

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