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The Sundials on the Civic Tower of Cherasco

In 1999, one year after the loss of Gian Giacomo De Benedetti, his son Benedetto and two of his friends Arturo Tagliaferro e Bruno Taricco, decided to complete the restoration and conservation of the Sundials on the civic tower of Cherasco

 

On first analysis, Lucio Maria Morra, creator of the Meridian in Fossano, immediatly noticed that the two sundials were from different historical periods, one above the other.

 

The older, presumably from the 1700s, forms the italic hour.

 

The second, based on the French hour, was created at a later date. Height increases in the facing buildings shaded the former dial making it unusable.

 

Between 1999 and 2000 Mario Tebenghi and Lucio Maria Morra restored the two solar dials.

 

 

The Nineteenth Century French Hour Sundial

Planned by Lucio Maria Morra and executed by Morra and Mario Tebenghi, in the spring of 2000, with the goal of reconstructing the quadrant of the 1800's based on the photographs which had been found and the original metal bracket which had been conserved.

 

 

The Eighteenth Century Italian Hour Sundial

Begun in the spring of 1999, planned and realized by  Lucio Maria Morra with the goal of reassembling the Italica sundial.

 

This required the reinstallation of the gnomon (ortostilo), the conservation and reinforcement of the original quadrant, the restoration of the functional markings and relative graphics, the redefinition of the pictorial structure both decorative and functional.

Sundials

The Sundials on the Civic Tower of Cherasco

In 1999, one year after the loss of Gian Giacomo De Benedetti, his son Benedetto and two of his friends Arturo Tagliaferro e Bruno Taricco, decided to complete the restoration and conservation of the Sundials on the civic tower of Cherasco

 

On first analysis, Lucio Maria Morra, creator of the Meridian in Fossano, immediatly noticed that the two sundials were from different historical periods, one above the other.

 

The older, presumably from the 1700s, forms the italic hour.

 

The second, based on the French hour, was created at a later date. Height increases in the facing buildings shaded the former dial making it unusable.

 

Between 1999 and 2000 Mario Tebenghi and Lucio Maria Morra restored the two solar dials.

 

 

The Nineteenth Century French Hour Sundial

Planned by Lucio Maria Morra and executed by Morra and Mario Tebenghi, in the spring of 2000, with the goal of reconstructing the quadrant of the 1800's based on the photographs which had been found and the original metal bracket which had been conserved.

 

 

The Eighteenth Century Italian Hour Sundial

Begun in the spring of 1999, planned and realized by  Lucio Maria Morra with the goal of reassembling the Italica sundial.

 

This required the reinstallation of the gnomon (ortostilo), the conservation and reinforcement of the original quadrant, the restoration of the functional markings and relative graphics, the redefinition of the pictorial structure both decorative and functional.

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