Secret Code

The month of June is certainly for Pisa the most fascinating period of the year, when the city and its citizens breathe an air of excitement and expectation, waiting for the evening of the 16th of June, the evening of the “Luminara di San Ranieri”, city’s patron saint, that is celebrated the day after.
In the weeks before the Luminara, hundreds of white wooden boards called “biancherie” are hanged on windows and doors of houses. Originally these boards should highlight the structure of houses, following accurately the shapes of doors and windows, but today they have been replaced by more curious and creative shapes.
The night of the 16th of June, these boards will host thousands and thousands of little candles for the celebration of the Luminara and Lungarni (the two sides of river Arno) will be enlightened only by the light of the small lamps, creating an extraordinary sight.
Carlo Cafferini decided to dedicate an architectural project to the Luminara, focusing on the preparation of the event and not on the more well-known part, the evening of the festivity.
The project is entitled ‘Secret code’ because in this period facades of palaces and buildings in Lungarno seem to speak a secret language: the white boards hanged on windows and doors of houses create strange patterns, looking like a mysterious code of signs and symbols.


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