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IN PHOTOS: The empty streets of Venice illuminated for Christmas
This December, Venice lacks the tourists who normally give it a festive air at Christmas, but the Italian city has nonetheless highlighted its landmarks to celebrate the holidays this year.
Published: 7 December 2020 15:18 CET
Christmas decorations installed under a deserted shopping arcade by St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica. Photo: Andrea Pattaro/AFP
Saint Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge across the Grand Canal in particular benefit from special lighting and projections that give inhabitants some comfort on long winter nights.
Grazie a #FabrizioPlessi per questa installazione e a tutti coloro che hanno lavorato e stanno lavorando per diffondere un #NatalediLuce in tutte le
Città di #Venezia ❤️ @comunevenezia​@veneziaunica​pic.twitter.com/I5oBATfGKk
— Luigi Brugnaro (@LuigiBrugnaro) December 4, 2020
Italian artist Fabrizio Plessi created a Christmas tree on the square with huge rectangular screens that project a golden light.
They flood the area with warm light at night, reflecting off wet paving stones.
#NatalediLuce #Venezia1600
Piazza San Marco si impreziosisce con l'installazione NATALE DIGITALE di Fabrizio Plessi.
Un messaggio di speranza, nel linguaggio più contemporaneo: il digitale.
Powered by @GeneraliItalia​pic.twitter.com/bKsdU0S49j
— Venezia Unica (@veneziaunica) December 4, 2020
“My aim is to light up this town, which needs light, which needs culture, which needs new emotions,” Plessi told AFPTV.
Owing to the pandemic, “this Christmas is different from the others,” said Plessi.
“We have this problem like other people all around the world, but I strongly believe in positivity,” he said.
Christmas decorations installed under a deserted shopping arcade by St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica. Photo: Andrea Pattaro/AFP
The artist explained his choice of light screens to build a Christmas tree by saying: “I work a lot with digital and all contemporary instruments, because I think that an artist must use all the means which his/her time makes available.”
Plessi placed a second piece at the end of the square, called “The Golden Age” and which also projects yellow light that resembles molten gold.
#NatalediLuce #Venezia
La magia del #Natale illumina il Ponte di Rialto
?Videoproiezioni e dissolvenze fino al 31 dicembre racconteranno le pagine più significative della storia di Venezia​@LuigiBrugnaro @veneziaunica​@CMVenezia @visitmuve_it​@lecittainfesta @cultve​pic.twitter.com/DB8uhoQud1
— Comune di Venezia (@comunevenezia) December 5, 2020
Another celebrated symbol of the city, the Rialto Bridge, has been transformed into a screen for light shows once night falls.
#NatalediLuce #Venezia
Da questo pomeriggio un gioco di videoproiezioni dedicate ai 1600 anni di storia di Venezia illumina il Ponte di Rialto, fino al #31dicembre.
Un brindisi simbolico a #venezia1600 con @ProseccoDOC ?​#Venezia1600​#lecittainfesta​#ProseccoDOC​pic.twitter.com/TthyhHVIPg
— Venezia Unica (@veneziaunica) December 5, 2020
Angels dance on the span's ancient arches and then make way for the gold lion on a red background that is the symbol of Venice.
The images are reflected in the Grand Canal, creating an atmosphere full of fantasy and life.
The Local/AFP
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