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Little Blue Spirits in the Fog
Turin, Italy
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The blue-lit Monte dei Cappuccini has actually become a symbol of our city in winter nights. I shot a previous version back in 2005, but without this amazing fog.

Light installation by Rebecca Horn for Luci d'Artista:
Piccoli Spiriti Blu (Little Blue Spirits), 1999

Luci d’Artista is a major "open-air" museum project, which grows from year to year, with the addition of new works and contributions from internationally established artists and upcoming young talents.

"At night, the Church of Santa Maria del Monte dei Cappuccini stands out on the top of a hill that overlooks the Po, right opposite the Murazzi embankments, as if suspended in mid-air. Lit up by powerful blue lights, the church sheds its customary conventional appearance and becomes a surreal presence, almost like a spaceship in flight. All around the Monte dei Cappuccini church there are neon tubes, circles of light that from afar, especially with the low clouds and winter fog that drifts up from the Po, become little blue spirits."

(Thanks to the City of Turin)

The building of the Church of Santa Maria del Monte dei Cappuccini dates back to 1584 on a project by architect Ascanio Vitozzi, but the church was actually consecrated in 1656. Next to the church and monastery is situated the Museo Nazionale della Montagna "Duca degli Abruzzi"

Since 2002 Turin has joined LUCI (Lighting Urban Community International), "a unique international network bringing together cities and lighting professionals engaged in using lights as a major tool for urban, social and economic development, with a concern for sustainability and environmental issues.

Three main objectives lead the work of the LUCI network:
- Making use of light as a tool for urban development
- Promoting an urban identity by means of artistic and technical choices
- Taking into account environmental and sustainable development issues."

Piccoli spiriti blu nella nebbia

Location Map Geographic Coordinates:
Latitude: 45° 3' 35.95" N
Longitude: 7° 41' 50.81" E
Precision is: Medium. Nearby, but not to the last decimal.

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December 22, 2008, 17:35 CET

Nikon D80, 10.5mm f/2.8 G ED DX Fisheye-Nikkor, Nikon Remote Cord MC-DC1, Panosaurus head, Manfrotto 486RC2 ball head, Triopo T-1028 tripod.

Nikon Capture NX 1.3.4, XFuse 1.0, PTGui 8.0.2, Adobe Photoshop CS2, CubicConverter 2.2.1

Contemporary Art Torino Piemonte


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