As part of the process of replacing the 800 lights in the City of Geneva still equipped with mercury vapour lamps, a project was launched by the administration concerning the new lighting in the Jardin anglais to ensure that it blends in with the existing aesthetic of the bay, dating back to the mid-19th century. The project can be discovered in pictures until 20 September 2021.
Historically made from cast iron, for reasons of resilience and solidity, the lighting fixtures in the Jardin anglais have been subject to four, and possibly five, replacement campaigns. Although primarily planned to incorporate newly developed sources of power, these modernisations have always been accompanied by aesthetic efforts in line with the stylistic references of the period in question.
Drawing inspiration from a rich iconography, the photographic exhibition in the Jardin anglais is the ideal opportunity to present the project which involved re-using the mouldings engraved with coats of arms dating back to 1844, as well as the production phase of the new fixtures, made in May 202 by the Von Roll foundry in Choindez in the Jura.
Organised as part of the 28th edition of the European Heritage Days, presenting this unique project to the public in pictures provides an opportunity to promote the knowledge and know-how underpinning our cultural heritage which is gradually disappearing in the era of globalised production.
Guided visits of the exhibition
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September 2021, at 10 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.
Article modifié le 03.09.2021 à 13:17