January 21, 2018 | Olivia Hollaus
"I got involved through my wife, Irene, and my desire to be involved in the arts community in our new home of Boca Raton three years ago. The first year, I did a video of the entire Festival which I shot and edited and has been in the gallery on the Festival website. And for two consecutive years, I'm a Board member."
Cosimo and Irene attending the Boat Parade Award Ceremony
What is it about the Festival that drew you to it?
"Coming from New York where there is so much culture, it was exciting to find a high level of performance and literature right here in Boca."
You're from New York with a very interesting artistic background. Could you tell us a bit more about your professional experience?
"I was born and raised in Brooklyn and attended the School of Art and Design in NYC and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. My background is in graphic design, illustration, photography and filmmaking. Once married, Irene and I moved to New Jersey to raise our family, but our business was located in NYC. We had a very busy and successful photography and film business geared to the advertising community."
How long did it take you to make this 8 foot trumpet and what was the process?
"It took about 2 weeks to design and build the trumpet. I also studied architecture and sculpture in school, so I was familiar with how to develop a 3-dimensional prop. First, I had to create the drawing, then scale it up by making a grid, I had the tools for cutting it out, painting, glittering, etc. A lot of work, but worth it! My garage floor still glitters!"
Originally, the trumpet was solely for the boat, but it has found a lovely new temporary home for all to see. Your hard work and commitment to create a piece of art for the Festival hasn't gone unnoticed. Thank you so much for your dedication and for lending your talents to the Festival.
"Thank you for your compliment. I truly enjoy contributing to the Festival and the community. I look forward to doing more creative projects."