Strange place: Italian Village has Artificial Sun
March 6, 2012 1 Comment
As our collection of strange places builds up, we have realized that a number of them are actually beneficial to humans such as:
- Geothermal Spa that has cured skin diseases
- Artificial Beach in Japan
- Waterfall Restaurant
- Project to create energy by pouring water into a volcano
This place might beat all of them though.
Viganella is a small village in Italy Located at the bottom of a deep valley
It being so deep in the valley means that from November to February, the village gets no sunlight.
Having no sunlight can be devastating to the growth of crops and even the health of people. These people miss the sunlight so much that when it comes back every february 2nd, they throw huge celebrations. These celebrations ended in 2006 when this issue was resolved thanks to architect and sundial designer, Giacomo Bonzani.
He has built a mirror that rests on the slopes of a mountainside above Viganella, and it reflects sunlight into the town. Now the people of this town have sunlight all year-long.
The mirror is 40 square meters in size, 8 meters wide by 5 meters high and is located about 870 meters above the village. It is controlled by a computer software that tracks the sun and tilts and turns the panels of the mirror so that the rays are always reflected downwards.
Viganella has become a lot more popular now after the creation of this “artificial sun.”
According to Bonzani, who first came up with the idea of reflecting sunlight on to the square, ”no one believed it was possible at first. But I was certain. I have faith in physics.”
Engineer, Emilio Barlocco, designed the mirror for Bonzani. According to the Mayor of the village, Pierfranco Midali, it wasn’t easy getting the mirror ready. “We had to find the proper material, learn about the technology and especially find the money.”
This mirror cost around 100,000 Euro’s.
It’s nice to see money being spent on technology that benefits the human race, rather than money being spent on nuclear weapons or war.
Source: BBC News