"The Welcoming" Immigrant Rights Peace Sculpture Overview

“The Welcoming” Immigrant Rights Peace Sculpture is an international symbol, designed by OWHR Institute’s internationally renown Italian sculptor Marcello Giorgi, "lifting" immigrant rights issues with its placement in cities around the world, including Sanctuary City placements in the USA. Follow our story, contribute to our progress.


Note: We are pleased to unveil the first design seen here. The three videos below establish the final elegant design of this important sculpture.

Our Sculptor, World renowned Italian sculptor Marcello Giorgi

Marcello Giorgi


Marcello Giorgi is a Master Sculptor in the classical figurative style. Marcello Giorgi was born in 1962 in Pietrasanta, Italy, a city steeped in art, traditionally recognized for the quality of the work of its master artisans and famous for the creation of marble and bronze sculptures. Pietrasanta’s enduring artistic heritage continues to this day due to the flourishing of significant works by many of today’s most influential artists. Marcello's love of the classical tradition defines him as a pre-eminent portrait sculptor.

Marcello attended the Pietrasanta Art Institute 'Stagio Stagi’. At the age of sixteen entered into a ten year apprenticeship at the Claudio Mariani Foundry, learning from master artisans the techniques of mold making and bronze casting.

He was selected in 1988 to assist the acclaimed Polish sculptor Jgor Mitoraj which gained him an in-depth understanding of figurative art and form along with the further mastery of clay modelling methods

In 1991 he founded his own sculpture studio in Pietrasanta, assisting many of today's major contemporary artists, and with his extensive knowledge and experience worked on a wide range of successful collaborations.

Marcello has now relocated to Montreal, Canada with his Montreal partner and fiancee thus allowing him to work in close association with the OWHR Institute-Quebec. His works can currently be found in museums, public spaces and in private collections around the world.

Watch world renowned Italian sculptor Marcello Giorgi in his sculpting studio with OWHR Institute - Quebec director Isaac Romano

Marcello Giorgi is very pleased about this collaboration with the OWHR Institute-Quebec and sculpting "The Welcoming" Immigrant Rights Peace Sculpture. Here is Marcello Giorgi and OWHR Institute-Quebec's director, Isaac Romano in Marcello Giorgi's sculpting studio describing the grandeur and international importance of this sculpture on the world-stage, for cities in the US, Scandinavia and Europe that will see placement of this moving and important sculpture for our times.

Steven Fischler

OWHR Institute-Quebec Filmmaker-In- Residence and staff advisor, Steven Fischler will prepare the “Immigration and Immigrant Rights” multi-media video installation to accompany “The Welcoming” Immigrant Rights Peace Sculpture placement in cities around the world, working in collaboration with each city-partner, telling each city’s detailed story of immigration and immigrant rights.

Steven Fischler is a recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship in Film, Emmy Award, Cine Golden Eagles and the John Grierson Award for Social Documentaries. He and Joel Sucher founded Pacific Street Films in 1971, and they have produced and directed documentary films for venues as diverse as the United Nations, the BBC and commercial and public television in the United States. These include portraits of Hollywood artists like Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone and Jessica Lange, as well as investigations of police surveillance and misconduct. Pacific Street Films produced many social and historical documentaries, such as “From Swastika To Jim Crow,” which tells the story of Jewish Refugee scholars driven from Germany by the Nazis who found teaching positions in the Jim Crow South. Both the Museum of Modern Art and the Harvard Film Archives have honored Pacific Street Films with career retrospective programs.

Pacific Street Films has produced major museum exhibitions. They partnered with the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC on an exhibit -- based on their documentary -- entitled, “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges," which toured African American and Jewish venues nationwide for several years. They have also produced exhibits for the Museum of Natural History and other institutions. Steven Fischler was the director of the PBS documentary, “Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & The Movies” and the producer of “Dressing America: Tales From The Garment Center,” broadcast in 2014. Fischler wrote and directed the documentary, “Five Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History,” based on the best selling memoir by Helene Stapinski, which had its broadcast premiere on Thirteen/WNET in March of 2017.

A Breakdown of the Cost of the Sculpture

To help you understand the amount needed to achieve such a sculpture, please read below for more details about the technique used to make this important peace sculpture, as well for more detailed numbers on the cost.

The Technique: Lost Wax Bronze Casting

The sculpture will be made of bronze in Italy, in a leading foundry in the village of Pietrasanta. It will be created using a special technique referred to as “lost wax bronze casting.”

The choice of using bronze was made for durability, as bronze is durable and resistant to wear and oxidation. These are benefits that allow "The Welcoming" Immigrant Rights Peace Sculpture to provide (as US historian Howard Zinn would say) a "peoples’ history," to know and respond from “accurate cultural memory” for generations or even centuries to come.

The technique will consist of creating a first sculpture in exact proportions, prepared in clay/plasticine, as well as the creation of several hardened molds that will use rubber and wax, to then arrive at a negative mold of the original sculpture. It will fill with liquid bronze. Once cooled, by breaking the molds, you will find the bronze sculpture "The Welcoming" Immigrant Rights Peace Sculpture" in sections that will be skillfully and artistically welded by the foundry’s technical specialists, guided by the artist. This sculpture will then be trimmed and retouched by the expert hands of Marcello Giorgi, with the collaborative assistance of the foundry’s excellent crafts people.

For more details on the process of lost wax bronze casting, click here to become familiar with the Lost Wax Casting process and artistry of Marcello Giorgi in this BBC TV Special, and click here to watch the sculpting process on this BBC special where world renowned Italian sculptor Marcello Giorgi is asked by BBC TV to recreate Marcello's interpretation of a Michelangelo sculpture that was lost to history.

Major international crowdsourcing and philanthropic means are used to fund each city’s “The Welcoming” Immigrant Rights Peace Sculpture.