Step by step, meeting after meeting not only thanks to the professionalism of those who have been tasked with carrying out this restoration, but thanks to the passion of the inhabitants of Rimini for this historic monument that they have always carried in their hearts and strongly desired by the municipal administration, the result was excellent.
As stated by the Prof. Amendolagine, the Italian theater is as a wonderful musical instrument comparable to a 'Stradivari' violin. Rebuilding a theater is a bit like rebuilding a musical instrument. The great craftsmanship and attention to details is of fundamental importance, where nothing is left to chance, especially in a construction site like this where the will of the client, since the premises, has been to achieve an intervention of the highest profile and excellence. The apparatus of the many artistic lightings, among which in the centre of the theater stands out the big chandelier is one of the most remarkable elements among the decorations of the theater itself.
MULTIFORME® has had the honour of developing over 330 custom lamps including the big classic chandelier 48-light in bronze, as well as a series of handcrafted brass and bronze lamps: appliques for the stalls, the proscenium, the corridors and the foyer and the featured 'floor lamps with griffon' for the boxes.
The assignment for the realization of the big classic chandelier and the handmade lightings was conferred by the general contractor in January 2018 and the lamps were installed between May and August of the same year. Seen the complexity of the work and the importance of this realization the times given were really very tight.
The production was based on an in-depth study of the original mid-nineteenth century drawings by the neoclassical architect Luigi Poletti, who had in his projects well defined the characteristics of the big chandelier. All handmade lightings have been designed with a modern software and technologies capable of guaranteeing a high-profile performance without overshadow the artisan and artistic nature of the intervention itself. The processing has been carried out entirely in laboratories using superior quality techniques and materials, focusing not only on the aesthetic appearance of the product but also on the safety and durability of all the lighting fixtures.
The intervention was not only limited to the production of handmade lightings but included many services, such as the technical consultancy (including the structural design of the big chandelier in the hall's theater) and lighting consultancy (to ensure high illuminative performances and reduce the energy consumption).
The big chandelier measures about 4 meters in diameter and 4 meters in height and weighs about 600 kg, hangs from the ceiling using a system of dual safety hoists system. The materials used to make this classic artistic chandelier are: a supporting structure made of stainless steel, completely covered with cast bronze and forged brass elements. The chandelier supports a radially of 48 hand-blown Murano glass spheres arranged on two orders. The lamp-holder spheres in Murano glass have been satin-finished by an acid etching technique to avoid glare and to diffuse the light more gently.
The lower body of the big chandelier is embellished with garlands of Bohemia crystals of different shapes such as octagons, drops and lozenges to create suggestive effects of light refraction. The entire metal structure of the big chandelier was finally finished with a galvanic gold-plated bathroom treatment, to protect the surfaces and guarantee their value along their future life.
As well as the big classic chandelier, the handmade lightings for the walls with one, two or five lights that were installed in the corridors, in the proscenium and in the first order of the boxes were developed starting from the drawings of the Architect Poletti and some fragments found in the theater's original building site. These lightings are made with the same materials used for the big chandelier: stainless steel, brass, bronze fusions, Murano glass and pure gold bathroom.
Between a balcony and the other of the first and second order of boxes, have been mounted floor handmade lightings, illuminated by three Murano glass globes. These floor lamps are installed with a special fixing method on the golden griffin, symbol of the Galli Theater. One of the peculiarities of this type of lamp is the study in an anti-seismic key made by their technicians, as requested by the client, to prevent wide oscillations from creating situations of damage and danger for the audience in the theater's hall.
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