“FioredelCielo” the winner of “La Macchina di Santa Rosa” competition is getting ready for the night of September 3rd, 2011 to celebrate Viterbo’s patron Santa Rosa in unique and extraordinary event. For you who are not familiar with this event, each year in the beginning of September, Viterbo, a city in Italy, carries 100-feet high structure through narrow streets of medieval town and stops at each major square. The allowed maximum weight of the structure is 5000kg and can only be carried by 100 men (Facchini). For every 5 years, a new design is introduced.
“FioredelCielo” is the winning design by 2 aerospace architects, Arturo Vittori (Italian) and Andreas Vogler (Swiss), founders of Architecture and Vision. It is a triple-helix structure winding vertically up around three spheres which represent stages of Santa Rosa’s life. The tower is illuminated by hundreds of candle flames and more than 1200 computer-controlled LEDS. At each stop, thousands of rose petals gently fall down from the top to create sophisticated scenography and emotionally move the people participating in the event. “La Macchina di Santa Rosa” event is being proposed to be listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.