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This Week's Update

posted Nov 8, 2011, 4:50 AM by Venice 2.0
This past week, our team has continued our progress in working toward or objectives for the term. We continued field work for keystones, continued to update Venipedia and make it a more comprehensive site, and began to take a more in depth look into the traditional boats of the city. It has been very exciting!

As was previously mentioned, we are looking to locate and log each decorative keystone in the district of Castello. This has proved to be a bit more challenging than we expected, as many of the pieces are located over canals and we would only be able to photograph them accurately from a boat in the canal. However, we are almost done with the district and should have all of the data combined and ready to be imported to Venipedia shortly. This is an important step for future years to build off, as keystones have not been fully inventoried in many years and much of the data has been lost. Our work will allow for future teams to expand the keystone catalog and make it as comprehensive as the rest of the data sets.

All wiki pages on Venipedia dedicated to public art and vernacular culture in the city have fallen under our team's jurisdiction. We are working diligently to update these pages, flesh them out further, and ultimately bring Venipedia articles on par with Wikipedia topics in terms of information quantity and quality. This includes everything from importing live maps of each set of art to expanding on the history and relevancy of vernacular art in the city. An example of a page that we have and will continue to expand upon is the page for relief sculptures.

This past Thursday, we travelled with Professor Carrera and Giovanni, a member of Arzana, to Forte Marghera. This fort, located on the mainland, was once used to produce many traditional boats. It presently holds several boats in its warehouses, and artisans still come there to build these same boats occasionally, if commissioned to do so.


While there, we got to watch a man as he worked on building a boat shaped like a mandolin (pictured above, middle) that was to be sent to Los Angeles for an art exhibition on completion.

Shortly, we will be heading to the VPC to pick up a box of old pictures taken by Alberto Rizzi of the many pieces of erratic sculpture he cataloged for his book Scultura Esterna a Venezia. These will be a great way to further expand upon our Venipedia entries for each individual piece of art, as we will look to potentially incorporate timeline comparisons showing the piece as it was seen in the 1970s or 1980s as compared to more recently, when the newer pictures have been taken.