Emanuele Viscuso

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'Emanuele Viscuso, (born 24 December 1952 in Palermo, Italy) is a sculptor, a musician, a designer and a cultural promoter. His most famous piece is the 45-foot-large sculpture "Wave-bridge on the imaginary" located at the Milan Malpensa international airport. In 2006, Viscuso founded the Sicilian Film Festival in Miami, a showcase of Sicilian directors and movies. In 2008, Viscuso created in Castelbuono, Sicily, F.I.M.O. International Organ Music Festival in the Churches of the Historical Princedom of Castelbuono.

Emanuele Viscuso has taken part in the Esperia* STS-120/10A Mission, launched on 23 October 2007 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, in Florida as delegate in Florida of Accademia Italiana della Cucina, a Cultural Institution of the Italian Republic. Thanks to his proposal and support, on board the Space Shuttle Discovery, Node 2 - the interconnecting unit developed in Italy by Thales Alenia Space - and the ESA, the Italian Paolo Nespoli and other astronauts started their journey towards the International Space Station (ISS) bringing with them delicious Italian food to offer to the other astronauts on the Station in orbit. Thanks to the importance of Accademia Italiana della Cucina this can be considered the first Space Convivium in the history. The Accademia awarded Emanuele Viscuso for this remarkable work with the Ettore Pepe Award in Palermo, Sicily on September 8, 2008.

The city of Miami Beach, where he resides since November 2000, recognized his cultural involvement in the community with the "Key to the City" on 17 October 2007.

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