You may have attended or heard about the successful unveiling celebration Wednesday (May 14), held for UW-Green Bay’s new Leonardo da Vinci statue. We’ll have a story and plenty of great photos in tomorrow’s Log Extra, and we weren’t the only ones covering the big event. The Green Bay Press-Gazette and Fox 11 News also were on hand, and the TV station posted a short story with video from the unveiling. One detail isn’t quite right — the story says da Vinci was gifted by a former student — but there are some great visuals of the statue and Lenfestey Courtyard crowd. You can read some background about the Renaissance man’s path to GB here.
The big day has arrived! In March 2013, UW-Green Bay received a 550-pound bust of Leonardo da Vinci, a gift from the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, founded by Paolo Del Bianco, a Florence, Italy businessman and philanthropist who received an honorary doctorate from UW-Green Bay in 2007. Thanks to the work of Profs. Sarah Meredith Livingston and Ray Hutchison, UW-Green Bay was the first U.S. university to connect with the foundation’s programs, and is the only stateside institution — and one of just five worldwide — receiving a Da Vinci bust from the foundation. The statue will be unveiled at a ceremony 4 p.m. Wednesday (May 14) at its permanent home in the Lenfestey Family Courtyard of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall. The unveiling is open to all. We’ll have full coverage in a future issue.
UW-Green Bay’s newly acquired statue of Leonardo Da Vinci temporarily left campus yesterday, bound for its pedestal fitting and, ultimately, official unveiling and display. But the quarter-ton Renaissance Man’s arrival continues to draw media attention, with TV, radio and newspapers alike noting this terrific donation — and the UW-Green Bay connections that led to it all. Check out the following stories from NBC 26 and the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Leonardo, hurry back!
Green Bay Press-Gazette