Do you Duomo?

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Crowdfunding campaign launched to restore cathedral spire

The Milan Duomo. Photo: David Davies

Armed with the catchy campaign slogan “Do you Duomo?” the International Patrons of the Duomo di Milano charity, with the help of “For Italy”, the crowdfunding platform for Italian heritage, is seeking the public’s support for the restoration of the St Francesca Cabrini spire of Milan’s Duomo. The goal is to initially raise $45,000 by 22 December and to raise a total of $180,000 by the opening of the Universal Exposition in Milan on 1 May 2015 (through 31 October).

The cathedral, begun in 1386, is the most important example of Gothic architecture in Italy. The site receives around six million visitors each year and it is anticipated to get extra traffic in 2015 with Expo Milano.

The upscale Italian market chain Eataly, which is promoting Expo Milan through ticket sales on its premises, is bringing the restoration campaign to the attention of the American public through a show at its New York City flagship. “Eataly per Duomo” opened on 14 October and features borrowed elements from the famed cathedral, including the Santa Lucia statue and gargoyles. “We, as Italians, all have a duty to preserve the legacy of our past by sharing it with the world,” says Etaly’s founder, Oscar Farinetti. “This is our chance to ensure that one of the most acclaimed artistic remains will exist for our future generations.”

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