How Michelangelo came to a New Jersey mall

Sep 04, 2017 777

BY: Joan Verdon

Scott Sanders' job is to bring unusual experiences to the most common American activity — spending a day at the mall. His first big effort on that front opens in Paramus on Saturday, in a 20,000 square foot tent in the parking lot of New Jersey’s largest shopping mall, Westfield Garden State Plaza.

He is the man behind Up Close: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, an exhibit of reproductions of the famous ceiling frescoes mounted in a format that allows visitors to get a painter’s eye view of the art. Sanders, a veteran Broadway producer with music and film credits, was hired a year ago by Westfield, which owns the Plaza and other malls throughout the country and around the world, to fill a new position, Creative Head of Global Entertainment.

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