Each spring for the past six centuries or more, a process begins that is as ancient as it is new, capable of inspiring profound emotion through an annual miracle that celebrates the meeting between nature and mankind. In Candoglia, over just the past few days, the cutting of the marble that will be used for restorations of the Cathedral in the coming months has begun.
We travelled all the way up to the Duomo's source with the "Restoration Diary" in order to capture some images from what is one of the most important moments of the year for the Fabbrica.
Having carried out the base and back cuts, the block of marble is then isolated from the rest of the mass. Hydrodynamic cushions are inserted in the vertical cuts, which are then inflated through the introduction of pressurized water (below, in the sequence). The spacing between the cuts is increased until it becomes possible to insert a hydraulic jack, which is used to further distance the two lips of the cut until the block (or part of it) finally overturns (in the video).