Open skies: spotlight(s) on Milan

Lighting installations and small-scale urban projects set in one of Milan's historic quarters. A parallel event centered on the theme of Euroluce 2005, Light and the city, will bathe Milan in light during the six-day Saloni furniture fair.

A CIELO APERTO, (S)PUNTI DI LUCE A MILANO
Lighting installations and small-scale urban projects set in one of Milan's historic quarters. A parallel event centered on the theme of Euroluce 2005, Light and the city, will bathe Milan in light during the six-day Saloni furniture fair.

The city may be regarded as the shared home of the community and as such features spaces under "open skies" that form the backdrop for a wide array of public and social activities. "Light plans" identify the nature and purpose of different parts of the city, such as shopping, business and residential areas, sports venues, trade fair precincts, universities, manufacturing and industrial sites, parks and gardens and so on. They also define the quality of roadway networks and, based on certain criteria in line with local services, and offer solutions for the city's different zones. To be effective, light plans should treat lighting like a construction material capable variously of pulling together the urban fabric, bringing a sense of continuity to city streets, linking urban narratives, indicating places, suggesting and supporting both activity and leisure, creating atmospheres, and emphasizing contrasts between occupied and vacant spaces; whenever it steps away from and beyond its principal function, lighting must become visually integrated with the surrounding environment.

In other words, Open skies: spotlight(s) on Milan (A cielo aperto. (s)punti di luce a Milano) will bring to the city and its some of its signature sites a new dimension of spatial perception created by light - light used as a "raw material" for transforming "from day to night" four urban contexts. As such, light becomes an instrument of expression, a means of imbuing space with intense emotion.

Organized by Euroluce and Apil as part of a collaboration between the trade fair and national and international lighting designer associations who acknowledge that the event contributes an added value to the trade fair offerings, Open skies: spotlight(s) on Milan will bring these principles alive in several locations throughout the city, with lighting installations and small-scale projects designed for and set into the urban fabric of daily life, offering the city an experience to be read not just as a cutting-edge urban lighting design project, but as a possible model to be adopted and repeated in future improvements to the urban landscape.

Four sites have been selected in downtown Milan's history-rich neighborhoods of Garibaldi and Brera: the old Teatro Fossati, with its two fašades, one opposite the New Piccolo Teatro and the other in Corso Garibaldi; the tiny garden with remains of a Romanesque cloister in the pedestrian strip between Piazza Paolo Grassi and Corso Garibaldi; a road, Via dei Cavalieri del Salto Sepolcro; and a small square, Piazzetta Mirabello.

Four groups of well known lighting designers have been called upon to design and create the lighting installations along with several Milanese citizens who have contributed in different ways towards raising the profile of Milan. The project will be coordinated by four design critics.

Design critics: Alberto Bassi, Manolo De Giorgi, Enrico Morteo, Matteo Vercelloni. Lighting designers: Piero Castiglioni e Chiara Baldacci, Cinzia Ferrara, Massimo Iarussi e Paola Urbano, Marinella Patetta e Claudio Valent. Collaborano con i lighting designer: Francesca Cinquini, Eugenia Marcolli, Sergio Padula. Milanese citizens: Gabriele Basilico, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Philippe Daverio, Sergio Escobar, Antonia Jannone, Paola Valeria Jovinelli, Beppe Modenese, Carlo Orsi, Piero Pinto, Davide Rampello, Giuseppe Varchetta, Guido Vergani, Marco Vitale.

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