The Richmond County Savings Foundation’s Tuscan Garden
The Richmond County Savings Foundation is a philanthropic organization contributing to the welfare of the Staten Island community. The Richmond County Savings Foundation sought to increase the quality of life of those who live, work, or visit Staten Island by funding an enchanting Tuscan Garden. Modeled after the celebrated gardens at the historic Villa Gamberaia in Florence, the garden pays homage to the style of 17th century Tuscan landscape architects. Just as the Villa Gamberaia marries the traditional city pallozo with the bucolic nature of the Tuscan countryside, the Richmond County Savings Foundation’s Tuscan Garden and Building P create a similar effect.
In June of 2012, SHARP artist Gustavo Galvan used the Richmond County Saving’s Foundation’s Tuscan Garden as a runway to debut “Shopping Bag Intricacies.” The exquisite natural landscape of the garden was the perfect backdrop for a fashion show focused around the reuse and up-cycling of everyday materials. Models donned Galvan’s intricately hand-crafted designs and confidently walked through the garden to the resounding applause of onlookers.