Restoration and illumination work, which Vivenda will carry out free of charge over the next three years and which will allow nine monuments to be handed back to the city, began in June 2021.
This is a journey that began in 2017 with the restoration of the statue of Christopher Columbus, which took place thanks to Samsung’s sponsorship. After this first operation, the next three monuments, on which Vivenda’s restorers worked in 2021, were the statue of Garibaldi in Ghiaia, the War Memorial in the Sant‘Erasmo area and the Mazzini monument in the square of the same name. In the two-year period 2022-2023, work will instead involve the statue of Justice, the monuments dedicated to Victor Emmanuel II, Giacomo Costa, Camillo Benso Count of Cavour, Umberto I and the illumination of the 16th-century Castle.
In the words of Mayor Paolo Donadoni: “In three years we will restore the city’s monuments at no cost. The mechanism is the one already used for the statue and fountain of Columbus at the Giardini a Mare. I am certain that, since it is a tried and tested mechanism whose benefits we are all well aware of, there is an awareness of a long-term benefit in the face of the limited inconvenience that scaffolding could cause”.
The citizens of Santa Margherita Ligure will see their monuments in a new light thanks to the temporary permission to use the spaces created by the scaffolding for advertising purposes for a maximum of two and a half months.