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Did you know that an Italian village built a giant mirror to…


The small village of Viganella, Italy, lies at the bottom of a deep valley among the Italian side of the Alps. Because of the angle of the sun, the village receives absolutely no direct sunlight between mid November and early February. Because of this, the people of the town suffer from a mild depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Thanks to the genius of architect and sundial designer, Giacomo Bonzani, and engineer Emilo Barlocco, there is now a mirror on the mountain slope overlooking the village. Measuring 8 meters wide by 5 meters high, the computer controlled mirror tracks the sun and tilts the mirror panels ensuring that the sun’s rays are always directed downward into the town square. Costing about 100,000 euros, it has become somewhat of a tourist attraction, and has allowed the winter sun to warm and illuminate the town for the first time ever.


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