Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Baby, Let The Light Shine Down...

Swiss Officials Want to Spread Sunshine

BONDO, Switzerland - Local officials said Monday they are considering the construction of a giant mirror to light up this mountain village with 198 residents who are deprived of sunlight for three months each year.

The project would help illuminate parts of the southeastern Swiss town of Bondo that lie so deep in the Bregaglia Valley they do not receive any sunlight between December and February, said mayor Renzo Giovanoli, confirming a report in the daily Suedostschweiz.

"That would be added value for our town," Giovanoli said. "We came to a consensus at the village assembly that the study of the project should be further assessed so that we can decide on it in the summer."

The mirror would be similar to a 26-by-16 feet sheet of reflective steel installed last year in Viganella, an Italian town close to the Swiss border. Viganella, like Bondo, is dark during winter months because of its position at the bottom of a steep Alpine valley, blocked off from sunlight by the surrounding mountains.

The Viganella mirror, which follows the sun's path using a remote computer, cost $130,000.

On Sunday, Bondo residents are expected to see this winter's first rays of sunlight hit the town square.


I think that's a fabulous idea!! It probably will make the town look larger too!

But all I can think of is that those must be some huge-ass mountains!! And if the residents are anticipating rays of light this Sunday... do they all gather round town square... just waiting??


At 6:37 PM, Anonymous Karmyn said...

For some reason I can only assume a really bad James Bond villain is behind it all. It's a trick - it's not a mirror but a doomsday device and the townspeople had better be prepared for major meltdown.

At 10:24 PM, Blogger Sher said...

Okay, I'm in! How can we get one of those here in Lansing???!!!!

At 8:59 AM, Blogger MSUgal86 said...

I have this vision of the people who live there welcoming light into the town square in the same manner as the whos welcoming Christmas to Whoville.

At 2:52 AM, Blogger Pamela said...

playing with mother nature... just aint right


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