Going, Going, Gone!
RANDM, NYC-based events and fashion show producer, commissioned Don Citarella, of ERA404 Creative Group (www.era404.com), to illustrate 20 wall-sized murals as a backdrop for the Target Benchmarks Central Park event at Christie’s. Below is the story that ran on the Central Park Web site.
11-24-2003—It was a night to remember as Christie’s hosted the Central Park Conservancy’sfirst benefit auction on Thursday, November 20. Presided over by Regina Peruggi, president of the Conservancy, and trustee Candice Bergen, the event raised close to $400,000 for the ongoing care and preservation of Central Park. The evening included both silent bids and a live auction, which was conducted by Christie’s auctioneer John Hayes. This was the grand finale of Target Benchmarks Central Park, a public art project that transformed 53 ordinary park benches into unique works of art.
Among the celebrities, eminent artists, designers, and architects who created one-of-a-kind park benches were Liza Minneli, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Rivers, the cast of Saturday Night Live, and Rudolph Giuliani; fashion designers Diane von Furstenberg and Nicole Miller; architects Michael Graves and Charles Gwathmey; and artists James Rosenquist, Jenny Holzer, Ross Bleckner, Joel Shapiro, Kenny Scharf, and Donald Lipski. Joining the Conservancy at the auction celebration were several New York personalities including Morley Safer and artists Kenny Scharf and Joel Shapiro.
The Conservancy thanks Target and Christie’s for their generous support with this project.