After having inaugurated the monument's new interior lighting system on occasion of Expo Milano 2015, a renovation that will be completed in the coming months with the refurbishment of the electrical system, the Veneranda Fabbrica, thanks to the use of the most advanced technology, will continue to uphold its commitment to the project with a new plan that involves the illumination of the Cathedral's external perimeter.
A project with enormous impact and of extraordinary importance for the Duomo: encouraged by the Board of Directors, the Veneranda Fabbrica has decided to move forward with this objective, assuming responsibility for the related costs, with a profound sense of responsibility and in the name of all of the citizens of Milan who see the Duomo's light as an essential element that articulates every moment of their lives.
The final project, entrusted by the Board of Directors to Engineer Pietro Palladino from Studio Ferrara Palladino and Associates, designer of the previous external system and of the internal lighting of the monument, was delivered and approved by the Superintendence at the end of April 2016. The materials – all spotlights that have been custom-built according to aesthetic characteristics and performance – were ordered at the end of July 2016. Deliveries will begin in mid-October.
By the end of December 2016 the following will be installed:
- spotlights on all of the coverings (the high part of the monument, spires, walkways, three types of windows). The spotlights will be positioned for the most part where the devices for the existing lighting system are installed (created in 1999).
- spotlights for the illumination of the facade (above the buildings located along the perimeter of the square, where the spotlights for the existing lighting system are currently installed).
Furthermore, the spotlights installed on the chains within the Cathedral will be replaced with more efficient ones for back-lighting the windows. The spotlights will be turned on during the Christmas season and will remain on after the Cathedral closes so that passers by may enjoy the extraordinary beauty of the windows lit from within. The Madonnina will also have a new support system for the lights that illuminate her against the Main Spire. The brackets that support the new spotlights will be made from carbon: lightweight and specially designed for the base of the statue.
The installation of the spotlights that will illuminate the entire perimeter of the monument will be completed by A2A, the current manager of the external system, as this is integrated with the city's public lighting system. From the moment that the equipment is installed on the surrounding structures, as with the previous system, the work will have to adhere to specific procedural guidelines. In fact, as opposed to the coverings which are the property of the Veneranda Fabbrica, many of the surrounding structures are private property. For this reason it is not possible to establish with certainty the precise date on which work will be completed.