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St. Barts: Exploring The Piccirilli

NOTES FOR A DOCUMENTARY FILM - The work of the Piccirilli brothers in the facade and interior of Saint Barts Church in New York City is a fascinating experience, considering the style and the time period in which these carvings were created.



When you step inside , you are transported back in time, surrounded by intricate craftsmanship, grand arches, and ornate details that pay homage to classic architectural styles.


The Piccirilli , renowned sculptors and stone carvers, have made their mark not only in Saint Barts but also in many other sites throughout New York, Washington, and the nation. The concept of an eclecticism and anachronistic style in their work came up in a recent conversation with my friend Rochelle Gurstein over breakfast in Soho. This idea is particularly evident in The Riverside Church and Saint Barts, where influences from Gothic, Romanesque, Byzantine, and Renaissance coexist harmoniously, creating a visual feast for the eyes. And the idea of anacronism comes from picturing the artisans working on theae fashions at the turn of the early 1900s. We stull need to conduct more research and we'll hopefully will continue to unearth documents that will help us to reconstruct this collaboration. Direct sound was recorded earlier today.


If weather permits, as tropical winds approach New York, we will be heading back to Virginia tomorrow after a productive week of filming in and around Manhattan, while also enjoying the hospitality of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Don't forget to watch the video and share your thoughts in the comments section below. Until next time, stay inspired!

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