Conservation work on the nine monuments at the Maglio Gardens in Floriana has been concluded. The aim of this project - coordinated by Din l-Art Ħelwa and sponsored by Malta-based specialist trade finance institution FIMBank – was to conserve the monuments in this historic garden for posterity.
The monuments which were the focus of the conservation project commemorate personalities who made an impact on Maltese society, namely Sir Luigi Preziosi, Sir Adrian Dingli, Sir Ugo Mifsud, Marquis Joseph Scicluna, Sir Hannibal Scicluna, Dr. Filippo Sceberras, Marquis Vincenzo Bugeja, Aloisio Pisani and Giovanni Di Nicolo Pappaffy. The implementation of the project was entrusted to the Heritage ResCo conservation team, who worked in coordination with the Floriana Local Council and the Ministry for Tourism, Culture and the Environment. Works on the monuments generally addressed the effects of unfavourable atmospheric conditions, in particular the natural weathering process caused mainly by salt deposition, as well as the effects of vandalism.
Commenting on the completion of the conservation project, FIMBank President Margrith Lütschg-Emmenegger reiterated FIMBank’s commitment to contribute to safeguarding Malta’s rich historical heritage: “The personalities which these monuments commemorate contributed greatly to Malta’s social development and the transformation of the Islands into a community of which we, as a Malta-based institution, are proud to form part.” On its part, Din l-Art Ħelwa expressed its gratitude to FIMBank for its vision and ongoing support of Malta’s artistic heritage: “thanks to the Bank, the monuments in the Maglio Gardens, some of which are the work of accomplished Maltese 19th and 20th Century artists such as Antonio Sciortino, Vincent Apap and Ġanni Darmanin, have been given a new lease of life”.
FIMBank President Margrith Lütschg-Emmenegger (centre) with Ingrid Ross and James Licari of Heritage Resco (left) and Simone Mizzi and Maria Grazia Cassar of Din l-Art Ħelwa (right)