Brussels, 19 October 2001
Since 1986, the European Commission has been running
the world's biggest research programme dedicated to protecting cultural heritage against environmental deterioration.
In Venice, on 9 October 2001, the European Commission
presented three of the programme's projects to the media. (see press
release of 5 October 2001).
project is developing a new way of reinforcing monuments located
in areas prone to seismic activity. It uses an alloy of nickel and titanium belonging to the 'shape
memory alloy' family, which was originally conceived for aerospace
and medical/dental purposes. The new ISTECH tool has been used to improve
the stability of Assisi’s basilica and to prevent damage
during future earthquakes. The project was developed by an
Italian SME together with the EU’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra and
several other research institutions from Italy, Greece and Portugal.
|The SAVE ART project
deals with a new, 'green' conservation method to preserve old books,
textiles and antiquities in an easy, low-cost way. Instead of using
toxic chemical compounds that have short and long-term hazards for
people, this new tool reduces the amount of oxygen to a minimum level,
which kills the insect pests. This new portable tool is also appropriate
for domestic works of art, as the users can not only be large libraries
or museums but also private collection owners. Two Italian SMEs, together with research centres in Spain, Italy, and the UK,
and a Swedish Museum have developed the project jointly
|The ARCHEO project is
proving to what extent 'climate change' and 'greenhouse effects'
occurred in Venice before this century. By studying Canaletto's
famous - and extremely accurate - paintings, researchers were able to
reconstruct the Venice's climate and changing
sea levels over the years. The project was developed by research institutions in France, Italy and the UK
The Canaletto part of the Archeo project
has been widely reported in the media. Here are some of the articles available
paintings to help save Venice
Experts battling to
save Venice from the effects of sinking and the devastating floods are
receiving help from an unusual quarter. ...
Canaletto helps Venice fight floods
Rory Carroll in Rome (Thursday February 15, 2001)
Canaletto's 18th century paintings immortalised Venice as perhaps the most beautiful city in
the world. Their exquisite precision may now help to save it. ..."
Artwork Documents Sinking Venice
By Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News, Feb. 26, 2001
"While scrutinizing Canaletto's masterpieces, Dario Camuffo, a
Padua-based scientist working for the Italian National Research Council,
noticed that Canaletto's famous "vedute" (views) include the lines
of green scum formed by algae left on canal-side buildings by retreating
high tides. ..."
de Canaletto al rescate de Venecia
16.02.2001 - BBC MUNDO
podrá ayudar a los expertos que luchan por la salvación de Venecia ante los
efectos devastadores del hundimiento de la ciudad y las inundaciones?..."
et la préservation de Venise
AFP - mercredi 17 octobre 2001, 20h02
"PARIS, 17 oct (AFP) - Plus de 230 ans aprčs sa mort, le
peintre vénitien Canaletto pourrait aider les experts dans leurs efforts pour
la préservation de la cité des Doges, selon la revue britannique New
- Venise: La derničre utopie
Piero Piazzano, journaliste italien. Rédacteur en chef de la revue Airone.
(Courrier de l'UNESCO - septembre 2000)
"Comment concilier l’équilibre écologique de Venise et les
impératifs industriels? L’installation de digues mobiles, trčs
contestée, serait-elle la solution? Décision avant 2001. ..."
- Canaletto segít a tudósoknak
"Velencét ábrázoló festmények segítségével pontosabban meg
lehet állapítani, milyen mértékben süllyed Velence – állítja egy
olasz kutató. Dario Camuffo, az Olasz Nemzeti Kutató Tanács munkatársa a
Canaletto néven ismert Giovanni Antonio Canal XVIII ..."
Here are links to selected articles and other documents
on the Commission's research website relating to the protection of cultural heritage
in the European Union:
CORDIS web site
is also a source of the project information on the protection of cultural
heritage in the European Union.
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