Vincent Scully Mural Dedication at Seaside
The Town of Seaside announces the completion of a unique landmark honoring America’s greatest historian and educator of art and architecture, Vincent Scully. Commissioned by Seaside Co-founders Robert & Daryl Davis and renowned architect and urbanist Dhiru Thadani (@dathadani), world-renowned street artist Andrew Pisacane, known as “Gaia,” paid tribute to Scully with the wall-sized mural on Seaside’s purple wall at 25 Central Square along Hwy. 30a. A dedication ceremony will be held in front of the mural on Friday, Feb. 23 at 3pm, during the Seaside Prize weekend, weather permitting.
Scully was revered for being able to explain the innate relationship between architecture, urbanism and the environment to the mainstream. He inspired future architects with the idea of reconnecting contemporary architecture with its past, thereby planting seeds that grew into the New Urbanism movement. Many of these included other prominent architects who built in Seaside such as Alexander Gorlin, Robert Orr, Ernesto Buch and Robert Stern. Stern, founder and senior partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects and until recently Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, as well as Stern's successor at Yale, Deborah Berke, both designed numerous buildings in Seaside early in their careers.
“The project offers Seaside visitors a cultural and historical experience through the eyes of mural artist Gaia, and portrays the importance and impact Scully had on the town of Seaside,” said Seaside co-founder Robert Davis.
About Vincent Scully, 1920-2017
Vincent J. Scully Jr. was born in New Haven and attended Hillhouse High School, on the site of what would later become Morse College, where he served as master from 1969 to 1975, and died and died in November 2017 at age 97. For a half a century, Scully has taught hundreds of students in packed lecture halls at Yale. He published many articles and more than a dozen books which span a wide spectrum of subject matter, and was one of the University’s most recognized scholars.
Observing early in his teaching career that urban development during the 1950s tended to destroy neighborhoods by the imposition of freeways and superblocks, Scully argued fervently that the principles of modernism are incompatible with communal values. Several of his students have become important American architects, and his influence is now present in the design of many urban and suburban sites throughout the nation.
Gaia grew up in New York City and is a 2011 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. His studio work, installations and gallery projects have been exhibited throughout the world most notably The Baltimore Museum of Art, Rice Gallery in Houston and Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive in Spoleto and the Civil and Human Rights Museum in Atlanta. His street work has been documented and featured in several books on urban art, including Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art, (Berlin, 2010) and Outdoor Gallery (New York, 2014). Gaia was listed as a 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Art and Style recipient in Art and Style and was a Fullbright beneficiary to study and paint in New Delhi on behalf of the State Dept. Gaia lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland, but spends a majority of his time painting murals across the world and has produced works in all six habitable continents. Visit @gaiastreetart on Instagram andfacebook.com/gaiastreetart/ to view some of his accomplished artwork.
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