The new Christmas lights system tells the story of Rome through the images, the films and the faces of the actors and actresses that made the city famous all over the world.
The Roma by light Acea project was created by Studio Medaarch, winner of the international creativity competition “Make Christmas Lights Acea”, launched by Acea in collaboration with Maker Faire Rome to find the best creative and sustainable Christmas lights to install in the city center and in the other fourteen municipalities.
Approximately 190 kilometers of optic fiber and 115 light beams comprising 300 luminous tails, reducing the installation’s daily electricity consumption by 45%, and 10 LED screens connected to an App, were used to light up the 1,500 meters of Via del Corso. The new lighting system was created using technical, innovative and interactive lights and luminous elements with a very low impact on the environment, thanks to LED technology, which reduces light pollution and CO2 emissions to the minimum.
Rome, lighting and cinema
Thanks to the Roma by light Acea project, the Christmas lights in the historic center bring Rome’s images and imagination to life through its architecture, history and cinema.
The lighting system was inspired by museum lighting models: in Via del Corso, the image of a starry sky was created with the objective of enhancing the spaces and colors of the Eternal City and its huge artistic value. On the large LED screens passersby see scenes from a number of cult movies all filmed in Rome; neorealism masterpieces, such as Roberto Rossellini’s “Rome open city” and Pierpaolo Pasolini’s “Mamma Roma”; Italian comedies like Mario Bonnard’s “Campo dei fiori” and Dino Risi's “Il sorpasso”, as well as more recent films by Carlo Verdone, Woody Allen and Paolo Sorrentino.