The Architecture of Italian Lighthouses: v. 2

The Architecture of Italian Lighthouses: v. 2 : Ligurian and Tyrrhenian Sea

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Lighthouses are most popular fascinating and captivating structures, combining domestic and functional preoccupations of navigation, orientation, safety, etc. with the most inspiring issues of poetry and metaphysics.... Every single lighthouse, of whatever scale and sophistication of design, proportioning and detailing, H not only an algorithm of technical efficiency, but also a subtle and vibrant metaphor and metaphysical theorem... Solitary archilei turcs of l/ie day and of the night. day they sliow solidity, certainty, domination, appearing in their entire figure, a strong presence tomark thelandscape; by night thearcNtecture loses its material appearance and yields the step to the light an intermittent, escaping, contrasted bundle from the forces of the nature, a bundle that let act the imagination improving the desire of the unknown. Lighthouses are built in appropriate and significant locations, on coastal heights, islands, rocks and harbours. They guide, warn, mark, alert, lighten and highlight dangerous areas, complex obstacles and entrances to harbours, city ports and shallow estuaries... Their expressed purpose is to carry light in the most remarkable and visible manner so that even distant ships can be warned or guided, and that even, throughout the darkest nights, through the most opaque and starless universe, heavy storms and fogs, the lighthouse's warm and familiar signals can be perceived. The Idea to visit a lighthouse stroke the fantasy of a lot of people, basically of everyone who dreams to spend moments of concentration in the shadow (or in the light?) of a lighthouse immersed in the nature and in the landscape. Lighthouses are enoshow more

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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 240 x 300mm
  • Alinea
  • Florence, Italy
  • Italian
  • 300 mostly in colour illustrations
  • 8860550874
  • 9788860550873