Genoa, the ‘Mille del Ponte’ in a photo book

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There is a recurring color, the orange and yellow of the construction harnesses, constant elements, such as protective helmets. Around, a changing scenario, that of Valpolcevera in Genoa, which gradually saw the remains of a bridge, the Morandi, dismantled and the rebirth of another viaduct, the San Giorgio, the one that will be returned to the next few hours. city. It is a story in pictures, made of eyes, hands, smiles in the effort that contained in the volume ‘I Mille del ponte’, the photographic story edited by the Ansaldo Foundation and edited by the journalist Massimiliano Lussana, who to do it, to tell the story of the new bridge over Polcevera, borrows the words of the songs, three in particular: those of Ivano Fossati, Giorgio Gaber, Francesco De Gregori and Fabrizio De André. Because, he explains, “I think this is a bridge made up of us, and not of me, of people and not of stars, of a group and not of individuals”.

The text, wanted by the Ansaldo Foundation and dedicated to Genoa, was created to pay homage to all workers, the soul of the new bridge for Genoa which will be inaugurated tomorrow. Workers, carpenters, but also soldiers, engineers, technicians, all those who participated in a collective work in the demolition phases of the Morandi first and then reconstruction of the Polcevera viaduct.

“We decided – tells the Adnkronos Massimiliano Lussana – with the Ansaldo Foundation, which is a bit the historical archive of the city and heritage of Italian and Genoese know-how, to carry out this project, a way of paying homage and of telling the workers who physically made the bridge, who made it with sweat. In the book we chose to focus on those of whom little has been said but who are the soul of this bridge: the welders, carpenters and painters, those who made the tightening, that is, worked bolt by bolt, those who put the chips inside the structure because this will also be the most technological bridge in the world. And then the breakers who almost materially cut the bridge piece by piece, the military because there were the paratroopers of Col Moschin who were the only ones able to detonate the last part that remained of Morandi, that of Levante, therefore fully part of this story “.

“Just as – the journalist continues – so were those who did the quality checks, the engineers, those who did the 3D design and also the psychologists, for example, who went to the displaced persons’ houses in via Porro to explain what would have happened and to do even a very important support work “. The volume traces all the phases, from the moments from the demolition of the sections of the Morandi, with the controlled explosion of batteries 10 and 11, passing through the journeys of the barges with the pieces of the new viaduct, up to the construction of the concrete piles, the arrival of the road surface and the finishing together with the testing. “As has often been said – continues Lussana – an earthquake or a flood is a drama but it can happen, but that a bridge on the highway can not happen and instead it happened. So I think what was the lowest point touched our country is also the symbol, the metaphor of a rebirth. If all these thousand workers of the Bridge had done in Japan at the same time we would be here to talk about the ‘miracle in Japan’. This time the miracle is Italian”.

“A project that was strongly desired by the Ansaldo Foundation, which is the publisher of this publication, as a tribute to the city, to the bridge workers who are more than 1000, of course a respectful tribute to those who have lost their lives but above all a desire to give testimony of strength, courage to go on and be reborn “explains Raffaella Luglini, President of Ansaldo Foundation to the Adnkronos. A tribute to the world of work, to the workers, who worked on the demolition and reconstruction of the new bridge in Genoa San Giorgio Ansaldo Foundation – Luglini explains – is based in Villa Cattaneo dell’Olmo in Valpolcevera, a few meters from the bridge. We from our windows saw what was left of Morandi and above all we witnessed this daily rebirth of the new San Giorgio bridge, which grew before our eyes. We have seen people work in all conditions, even during the pandemic, and we felt this desire to participate: it is a tribute, a gift to the city of Genoa, which we will make available to everyone already in digital format on our Foundation website Ansaldo and then in the main Italian libraries because the prestige of the Ansaldo da Genova archive is a heritage that can teach throughout Italy “.

The Foundation is an institution that lies between the business world and that of culture and is the custodian of a heritage of historical and industrial memory of national importance consisting of over 15 linear kilometers of documentation, more than 800,000 photographs, approximately 5,300 films in original and 300 hours of oral evidence.

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