Someone considers them as an important piece of industrial archeology, others a simple architectural monstrosity supported by the bad taste. We’re talking about the last great industrial relic of Imperia, that is the chimneys of Ferriere, once home of the local steel plant of ILVA (one of the most important companies in Europe in that field).
In favor of admirers, we have to admit that these powerful cylinders are now part of Imperia’s skyline, whether you arrive by sea, by land and by air. They’re an important characteristic of the landscape, so to appear in almost all pictures and postcards of the city. Moreover, they have interesting structural elements.
To support the detractors, it is very likely that the word “monstrosity” is linked to an environment that is still without an identity because it’s an endless construction site.
Certainly, we’re not talking about the late-nineteenth-century charm of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, that was a railway station after converted into a museum dedicated to Impressionism, and we can’t make a comparison with Vienna’s Gasometers (which are unique in their kind), but these piles of bricks are an integral part of our daily habitat and also the numerous detractors will feel a lack if anything were demolished.
“Trippy Ciminiere” movie is our lysergic dedication to the triple erection of Imperia Oneglia.
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