A Human Flower Wall

Open to the Public

A sustainable urban performance and flower parade

Sasha Vinci curated by Diego Mantoan

With the participation of Giulia Alberti (soprano) and Vincent Migliorisi (guitar and live electrics)

Promoted by Ca’ Foscari Sostenibile, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Supported by Department of Technology, Culture & Society, NYU Tandon School of Engineering; Humanities and Social Change Center, Venice; Department of Humanities, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice; Aa29 Project Room, Caserta | Milan



NYU MakerSpace, next to the refreshment area and cafeteria from 9:00 am onwards


A parade of flowers and music will take the streets of MetroTech Commons on a lovely Springtime Sunday morning for a visual arts performance created by Sicilian artist Sasha Vinci together with the soprano Giulia Alberti and the composer Vincent Migliorisi. Indeed, the art project A Human Flower Wall by Sasha Vinci, winner of the Sustainable Art Prize 2017 promoted by Sustainable Ca’ Foscari, consists in the creation of a live flower wall with a conclusive march of people walking between and inside the buildings of NYU Tandon at MetroTech Center. Curated by Diego Mantoan, Art History Professor at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, this civic and artistic action focuses on the sharp contrast between today's gradually hermetic society and an ideal inclusive community that meets the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set out in the Agenda 2030 by the UN. The projects starts ideally from Venice, Italy, from the project The Republic of Marvels in Spring 2018, when the students of Ca’ Foscari University reflected on a utopian society living in harmony in full sustainability, thus arriving to New York City, the quintessential melting pot, where you may help realize these aims into a concrete action.

On Sunday, May 26, from 11:30 to 12:30, on the occasion of the urban environmental sustainability conference EDRA50 Brooklyn at NYU Tandon, a small group of students and people will metaphorically constitute a biological and moving wall, made of flowers and humans as empathetic elements of life and transience, which will go beyond any form of separation or division, rather building bridges towards a more equal and inclusive society. The moving and flowering party, which derives from an ancient Sicilian tradition, shall symbolize a growing energy derived from humans and nature. At the end of this ritual procession the flower carpet shall meet the opera singer Giulia Alberti performing The Symphony of the Republic of Marvles by composer Vincent Migliorisi, accompanying the opera singer with live electronic equipment.