In northern Italy you will find the shadow-village Viganella. From november till February, for 83 days long, the village is completely in the shadow of the surrounding mountains. Since december 2006 there is a mirror on top of the mountain, 870 meters above the village. This motorized mirror of 8 x 5 meters moves along with the sun and reflects the sunlight into the village. The idea of the mirror is initiated by the previous mayor of Viganella, Pierfranco Midali. Completed in cooperation with the architect Giacomo Bonzani and the engineer Emilio Barlocco.
Cool summer nights. Windows open. Lamps burning. Fruit in the bowl. And your head on my shoulder. These the happiest moments in the day. Next to the early morning hours, of course. And the time just before lunch. And the afternoon, and early evening hours. But I do love these summer nights. Even more, I think, than those other times. The work finished for the day. And no one who can reach us now. Or ever.