Lighting effects, shimmering colours, imagination, elegance and wonder. These are not just Christmas lights: in the skies above Turin and Salerno there are real works of art, which have become part of the look of the city during the Christmas period. Luminous emotions that warm up the winter atmosphere and every year attract thousands of visitors.
In Turin the magic of Luci d’Artista has been repeated for 21 editions with installations with a contemporary feel. Twenty-three works, until 13 January 2019, invite the spectator to discover every corner of the city, from its heart in the centre to the outskirts.
A chequerboard of white, red and blue cube-shaped lanterns, created by Daniel Buren, colours Piazza Palazzo di Città; Nicola de Maria crowns the lampposts of Piazza Carlina with his lights; and Mario Airò’s geometric shapes are projected onto Piazza Carignano like lacework.
There are ten installations outside the city centre. They include fairy-tale bird silhouettes designed by Francesco Casorati which fly over Via Nanni, Vanessa Safavi’s ice cream cones that hang over Piazza Montale and Rebecca Horn’s small blue spirits that flutter over Monte dei Cappuccini.
While the creations in Turin are minimal and elegant, those at Luci d’Artista. Mare, mito e la divina costiera in Salerno, until 20 January 2019, are an explosion of colour.
A majestic temple of Poseidon leaves you speechless in Piazza Flavio Gioia, multi-coloured hearts and golden lemons parade along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, flickering waves and dolphins invade Piazza Cavour, Piazza Sant’Agostino and the Villa Comunale immersing visitors in the beauty of the Mediterranean.
There are many marine elements, but also reindeer, sleighs, angels, nature and stars, in an edition that revolves around four main themes: Myth, Dream, Time and Christmas. The creativity of numerous artists including Eduardo Giannattasio, Luca Pannoli, Livio Ceccarelli, Eliana Petrizzi and Enrico Caruso also lights up the most picturesque views of the city.
And then there are concerts, guided tours and events such as Lumina Minervae, a light show in the historic garden of the Scuola Medica Salernitana.
In Salerno, a majestic temple to Poseidon leaves you speechless in Piazza Flavio Gioia
A route that covers the whole city, to be admired on foot, looking up or with a guided tour.
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