Big Bronze Statues - Le Petite Versailles, NYC, 2009

Big Bronze Statues.

A project by Cyriaco Lopes with the collaboration of poet Terri Witek at Le Petite Versailles, NYC, July 2009.

If you find a forgotten letter in the garden, take it. It is yours. It was written for you.

Everyday I will send a letter to the garden, which will be left in an inconspicuous place. The community will be free to open, read, and take them home. Otherwise they will just perish with the elements. It is an ephemeral, almost invisible piece.

Each letter will be signed by a famous historical or fictional gay person. Some will be actual quotations (Michelangelo, Sappho, Shakespeare poems), others will be imagined (Alexander the Great, Alice Toklas, Socrates). Some will contain drawings, photographs, and some will be written by poet Terri Witek.

An anachronistic way of communication to voice repressed history and longing: a monument, a memorial, a gift, a bridge between the anonymity of the urban experience and the intimacy of a love letter.