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LITURGICAL ADJUSTMENT OF THE ACERRA CATHEDRAL
BUILDING DETAILS
Year: 2010
Promoted by: Diocesi di Acerra
Service required: competition for the liturgical adjustment of the Acerra cathedral (12)

The project, elaborated for the Diocesi of Acerra, starts from the consideration that the Cathedral is the result of stratifications and interventions that determined, over the years, as a non-organic all-together in terms of design and functionality. The intervention of liturgical adjustment aims to retrain the spaces and the functions, through net marks that reorganizes, in a coherent way the altogether ness around the cross of the naves with the transept under the cupola, new centre of celebration.
The choice of "liberate" the space of the altar and the sacramental meeting (in front of presbytery) is motivated from the consciousness that the liturgy is "a space that makes space" to the present acts of the Lord, source of eternal life.
The biblical-patristic image of "river of Life" is the iconologic theme that connects the whole composition.
The main pole of celebration gravitates around the altar-holy communion, rising from a new basement in which design, respectful of the existent, completes clearly the altar, ambo and the site of presidency.
A semi-transparent "veil" and a crucifix above the altar underline once more the centrality of celebration, without hiding the pre-existents of presbytery and chorus.
The celebration area is connected with other elements and significant functions of the blessed space of the Cathedral, establishing a new dialogue.
In particular the baptismal font and the Rossella Petrellese's tomb are emphasized in a renewed symbolic note in the end of nave.
Geometric pure forms and noble materials like marble and stone carved in flat and smooth surfaces, in harmony with the pre-existents, are the main theme of the intervention.
On those forms an artistic intervention is inserted, of matter, rude and irregular, as a script that rests on the light.
Credits: Liturgical Consultant: Don Paolo Tomatis - Art Historian: Maria Cristina Paoluzzi - Artist: Gian Antonio Golin - Technical consultant: Flavio Arcandi