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The Triumphal Arch, City Hall Park


Celebrating memory, the power of history, and a shared vision for peace

“What could be more appropriate than to have this symbol of freedom in front of City Hall, so close to where we had our own challenges” Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen On Monday September 19th, the Institute for Digital Archaeology celebrated the official unveiling of their monumental scale reproduction of Palmyra’s Triumphal Arch with Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, His Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi, cultural luminaries from New York's theater and arts communities, the international media, and the people of New York. The public reception of the installation has been tremendous with thousands of New Yorkers coming to show their support for the gesture of friendship that it represents. Touchingly, it has has even become a popular venue for newly-wed couples to take their photographs. This Thursday, join the IDA for an evening of interpretive reflections on the eternalism of memory and the power of new technologies in the preservation, restoration, and celebration of history. Conversations will encompass the history of the Triumphal Arch, the science underpinning the installation, and the use of new technologies to broaden access and enliven the world of cultural heritage with special reference to our current tactile exhibition at the New York Public Library’s Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. The evening will feature an acoustic tribute to the 35th anniversary of another memorable event in the history of New York’s great public Parks: Simon and Garfunkel's legendary Concert in the Park on September 19th 1981. We are delighted to be welcoming the highly acclaimed Melissa Stylianou and Pete McCann on vocals and instrumentalists John Suntken and Michael Forfia.

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