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New Jerseyans familiar with the curious and wonderful contribution of sculptor Gaetano Federici to the streetscapes of Paterson may be interested in a story on the current threat to a church in Brooklyn, Our Lady of Loreto, that contains the largest body of his work in the US outside of Paterson. The link below will take you to a NY Times article on this subject: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/27/nyregion/27metjournal.html?ref=nyregion Federici contributed dozens of public monuments to Paterson, many of them larger-than-life bronze public sculptures memorializing people uniquely significant to Patersonians, like Nathan Barnert and Senator Billy Hughes, "Dean" William McNulty, the beloved parish priest of Irish St. John's, and Eleanor Egg, the Olympic-qualified sprinter whose honorific plaque was placed the wall of Hinchliffe Stadium. Probably his most famous monument is the so-called "Dublin Spring Water-Boy," keeper of the public memory of a famous spring in the "Dublin" section of town whose miraculous waters were said to assure that soldiers and other wanderers would return to their sweethearts. The Loreto sculptures are unique in a number of ways. The pediment, depicting the miracle of Loreto, is a rare sculptural depiction of that "event," perhaps unique in the US in scope if not in subject (it is 33 feet long). Like the sculptures, the church itself was constructed by the Paterson firm of Armezzani, Federici & Sons, in a patented version of a manufactured "cast-stone." OLL is the last National Italian church left standing in Brooklyn. For further information and to support this campaign, please visit www.saveourladyofloreto.org - - Flavia Alaya 55 West Commerce Street Bridgeton, NJ 08302 856-221-3276 firstname.lastname@example.org co-author and general editor Gaetano Federici 1880-1964: The Artist as Historian