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While you can read about it in books, watching Luxometro up close and personal provides personal satisfaction, fulfillment, and definitely completes your Berlin vacation. In the recent years, Gazometer has become the center of attention of art enthusiast worldwide. The magnificent luxometro has amazes people all over the world and attract a significant volume of art fanatics and tourists who wanted to see in person this spectacular artwork made by Angelo Bonello.

Practically, this project is intended in providing new destination to the place. Citizens of Berlin were able to keep the place from being turned into a shopping mall since the mentality for commercial retail is very much evident in the area. Moreso, the project aims to push forward the excellent use of renewable energy and education instead of building up another shopping area.

At present, Berlin citizens along with their bold physique came up with an idea of staging a spectacular light performance. The luxometro is staging a week of amazing grid of light display that people can see from several points in Berlin.

Yet, tourists are concern regarding the future of the Ostiense gazometer. This is because even if the leaders and its citizens who has a backward looking vocation, still maintaining a gazometer and turning this into a spectacular landmark means that they need to invest with the city’s future as an art and culture hub. Why wouldn’t they when the gazometro serves as an inspiration to other artists like Gian Paolo Rabito.

In a deeper look, luxometro is actually a masterpiece of an ambient temporal art minus any precedence. This is a monumental structure that stages spectacular display of light that has luminous lines which glow in sync with a music. The art is an installation of a minimalist and powerful display of light grids that can be seen even from afar, within Berlin. The artwork proves to have a capability to holding its very own urban panorama along with a changing horizon.

This project is considered to be the largest among the four Gasholders in Rome. It is also considered as the most interesting and amazing industrial archaeology monument. In Europe, this is also the largest Gasholder that is located in Aureliane walls which is now the center of the city, it also keeps it apart from River Tiber and Via Ostiense.

This Gasholder, is preserved since it is consider as a protected part of the historical and environmental heritage. It has a total height of 92 meters that is visible in the day but the entire building collapses from sight in the night. Originally, the idea is from artist Angelo Bonello wherein he wanted to reposition the Gasholder and transform it to an artistic invention. His idea intends to turn the industrial structure to a sculpture with light application in the entire metal body that uses more than 10 kilometers of illuminated cable which is made from more than one million of LED lights. These lights have the capacity of emitting a directional light and then transforming the entire Gasholder to an emblem of an industrial archaeology which will symbolize the cultural ferment of the modern Rome.

The project gets full support from Walter Veltroni, the Mayor of Rome and it had been sponsored by ENI//TALGAS. It had been inaugurated last September 2006 during the Notte Bianca celebration. The sculpture had been lit in several times for the next ten days upon its inauguration, which also become an ultimate attraction during that Roman Summer.

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Tatsuya Nakagawa is the VP of Marketing and co-founder of Castagra Products, a storage tank and wastewater coatings manufacturing company that is highly acclaimed for its sustainable coatings, cold weather tank coating applications, and its durable frac tank coatings. Castagra is used by the world’s top oil and gas field services companies.