In memory of Silvio Barile, creator of Italian-American Museum
Silvio Luigi Barile, creator of the Historic Artistic Italian-American Museum in Redford Township, MI, passed away on February 16, 2019 at the age of 80 years old. After immigrating to the United States from Italy with his family in 1954, Barile opened a pizzeria and pastry shop that he later transformed into a dense collection of artwork that celebrated the cultures of Italy and America. The sculptures quickly outgrew the pizzeria and expanded into the back patio and woods behind the shop, and soon word spread, inspiring visitors from near and far to come to see the artwork and hear Barile expound his opinions about Italian and American culture. As of this writing the site remains extant, with his heirs supportive of his work, although questions regarding future maintenance and financial obligations remain.
To read more about Barile, visit his environment page here: