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POST-GAZETTE, MAY 10, 2013 Page 9 (Photo by Rosario Scabln, Ross Photography) "Barrique: The Third Life of Wood" 'They are not afraid to die, they are afraid to live." "Barrique: The Third Life of Wood" -- a project that creates luxury fur- niture and decor by repurposing old wine casks. The initiative was con- ceived by San Patrignano, Europe's largest drug rehabilitation center and provides a second chance for struggling adults and a third use of fine timber. The exhibit was on dis- play at Boston City Hall on May 7 th and 8 . "Barrique" exhibited high-end home decor designed by over 30 world leading designers, including Daniel Libeskind, Marc Sadler, Karim Rashid, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Angela Missoni, Chiara Ferragamo and created alongside rehabilitated members from San Patrignano. The U.S. tour began in Boston before officially launching in New York dur- ing Design Week on May 18 th. Additional stops include the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Miami, Houston, Charleston, Chicago and Atlanta. The exhibit will briefly return to New York for the New York Fancy Food Show on June 30 . The tour offers a unique opportunity to view and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces of fine Italian craftsmanship, while supporting the San Patrignano facility in its mis- sion to rehabilitate drug users. "We're delighted to bring the Barrique Project to the USA to share a part of the activities that the San Patrignano community offers," com- mented Marco Stefanini, Head of the Carpentry of San Patrignano. He continues by saying, "The pieces in this project transform a simple piece of wood into a beautiful work of design to symbolize the rebirth and rehabilitation of our members within the community." San Patrignano is the largest drug rehabilitation center in Europe; 72% of its members who completed their treatment program have re- mained sober after a significant three-year period. This reflects the strongest success rate on the con- tinent. The center offers a home en- vironment and various programs -- healthcare, legal assistance, the op- portunity to learn a specialized trade -- that help facilitate sobriety while boosting self-worth. San Patrignano also makes a concerted effort to help residents acquire a professional cer- tification or diploma that is recog- nized by the regional government. Letizia Moratti, the former Minis- ter for Education and former Mayor of Milan, plays an active role in the community and is one of San Patrig- nano's most influential ambassa- dors. She explains the facility's impact by saying, "In its 30 year (Continued on Page 14) (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) JUNE 25,.26, 28 & 29 BOSTON OPERA HOUSE RascalsDream.com , ..    ,o BROADWAYINBOSTON.COM TICKETS ON SALE TODAY AT 1()AM] ENTERTAINMENT GROUP !'800"982"2787