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The town of Segni, Italy in conjunction with the International Society of Biourbanism invited Lejobart, international artist duet composed of Beju and Sherryl Muriente, to create a project based on the principles of biourban acupuncture during their 56th Sagra del Marrone Segnino Festival. Lejobart embarked on an art installation and performance piece which involved collaboration with nearly three hundred citizens of the town. The installation featured a sculpture by Beju as the central point of interaction and a communal space which promotes a public place for envisioning the future of the town. A tree that lamentably had to be cut, because ruining the ancient walls of the city, has been transformed in a social and positive "sacrifice" through art. Following the theme of a beehive, 300 words collected from randomly selected citizens were used to compose a poem illustrating the city of Segni. This text was read out loud by the “Queen Bee” played by Sherryl Muriente during the performance, atop the 15 foot tall sculpture at the culminating location and time of the project. The sculpture includes at its top a pulpit-like space that allows someone to stand and face the crowd below. It also holds the beehive and symbols that are important to the people of Segni. The tree in which these “bees” were to gather is located on what has been understood as the ancient Roman Auguraculum of the Segni Acropolis. The artists incorporated this idea into a modern version of future visualization, by creating an “auguraculum” from this tree. In the artist version of the Auguraculum, they decided to shift the “augura” or future prediction into the hands of everyone. Thus, proposing a collective Auguraculum, where everyone can gather and envision the future of the town together.
Mrs. Sherryl Muriente, MURP, Assoc. AIA, is an Instructor at the School of Urban and Regional Planning, Florida Atlantic University. Beju is an Artist born in France, and based in Palm Beach, Florida, USA. They sign their common artistic performances as “Lejobart”.