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During the cold winter months, between November and January, the Italian city of Turin (Torino) hosts an artistic event called Luci d’artista. It is a cultural event revolving around a theme of light initiated by the city since 1998; each year, around the Christmas holiday season, the city is bathed in light from numerous art installations. Many of the city’s piazzas (squares), buildings, and streets are covered in lights, adding to the warm, festive feeling of the season. Turin hopes that more people will recognize this cultured city as a premier destination of contemporary art in Europe.

Luci d'artista Torino Mole Antonelliana

The Mole Antonelliana is a landmark building in Turin. Originally meant to be a synagogue, it is now home to the Museo Nazionale del Cinema. On one of the dome’s four sides, the first Fibonacci numbers are displayed in bright red neon. The work is by Mario Merz and called Il volo dei Numeri, or “Flight of the Numbers.”

Tappeto Volante Daniel Buren Luci d'artista Torino (2)

This one is called Tappeto Volante, or “Flying Carpet,” and is located in Piazza Palazzo di Città, by Daniel Buren. You can read more of this one HERE.

Luci d'artista Torino Lit Sidewalk

Everything in Torino seems to be lit during luci d’artista, and this piece of sidewalk is no different; this was lit from above by some LED or laser projectors pointing at it, and the picture was constantly changing.

Torino Art (4)

These eerie little guys collectively are called the Bwindi Light Masks, by Richi Ferrero, and installed at Palazzo Reale. Read more about it and see more photos in this previous post.

And here I leave you with some random light installations positioned above many of the streets throughout Turin during luci d’artista. Make sure you check it out if you are in Torino during the winter months!

These photos were taken by my friends and me during our Great Northern Italy Adventure, on December 26, 2012. If you think the photos are decent, then Paolo, Alessandra, or Joseph probably captured them; if you find them to be hideous and nauseating, then I might have taken that one ;)


    • Torino is definitely amazing, and it’s a shame that these lights are only up between Nov – Jan. I think they’d look great on warm, clear summer nights!

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