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History of the illuminations in general
The most important art and above all, more particularly ephemeral festive Pugliese is precisely that of the "Illuminations" that adorn the squares and streets of the courses and the countries on holidays. But how does born a decoration? We start by sketching the design on a sheet of plain paper and then immediately trying to enlarge it. Often the floor or asphalt road replaces the paper in this operation. In fact, as in the past, these artists demonstrate the effect of the initial design of asphalt and clearings in fact, looking down, they are able to see the perspective effect, to amend the defects, thereby making the initial idea of the model more perfect. To save time and money these artists, not realizing models such as set designers, they must have a great sense of perspective and a strong ability to see the finished work, with all the combinations that can be performed only by drawing. During these many tests are used colored chalk which is then used as a guide to who is assigned to arrange the coloured lights for different lighting effects. From the final model is passed to the building in scale with wooden reproduction, usually prefers the tree fir because it lends itself to that kind of work because of its robustness, its lightness and ease of cutting and carving, as essential to create a work similar to a huge embroidery that must be maintained on its compactness and solidity. It must be noted that the entire design is divided into several pieces (elements and frames) that can be mounted easily, and that, given the size of the square can be removed or added by modifying the design with more combinations. The skill and above all the experience led him to be fully aware of the breadth and length of the various squares of the province and to be able to plan how you will mentally prepared the whole gallery. After building these large wooden frames so rich swirls, squiggles, circles, arches, railings, pendants, plumes and roses, is followed by further testing by bringing together all the elements are the initial design on the floor to see the effect and if all is well positioned and proportioned. A third stage of processing is that of painting frames with different color paint white, because white reflects the light. A doyen of this art reminds us of the days when it was forced to light by using carbide and acetylene: it took was a gust of wind lifted the glasses and dripped on people passing on the apparatus smearing clothes. Since then many years passed, the modern electrical systems, along with those of security, have now won this particular field was, nevertheless, genuinely artisan.
It is perhaps interesting to remember that even though technology now provides virtually unlimited use of combinations of colors, usually prefers to choose and insert a few, combining harmoniously so as to give a perfect elegance decoration lights, enhancing their expression and simplifying reading. The bulbs are stained by the same artisans who slips from the ring on a stretcher covered with perforated hardboard and, using a compressor, spray paint suitable at this point in the bake ovens that reach temperatures of 50-60 degrees making them dry: this procedure bulbs then purchase transparency and shine a bright light emanating.
Subsequently these bulbs, and those mignon micromignon, whose electric potential varies from 5 to 25 volts, are already included in the appropriate holder and fastened to wooden frames are then placed in the circuit connected by "mass" and "in parallel": for each series of large bulbs 8 lamps are used by 15 volts and 25 watts for each set of those little bulbs are used 14 15 and 5 Volt. Of course beyond the imagination needs a good dose of patience and skill because the game of colored lights to be executed with precision, skill and technique not only to achieve the desired effect, but also to avoid annoying problems with electricity, such as breakage of the bulb filament or glass.  The result is "Arco Reale", "Moulin Rouge",  the "Duomo di Milano", the "Arco Gotico", "roselline", "la giarrettiera ", "la conchiglia ", "il Pavone" and so on. It must be stressed that all these names are invented or coined by the same craftsmen and became part of common language. This is a collection of proposals, individually selected by the Organising Committee, illuminate the entrance to the feast or the streets facing the church where he holds the statue of the saint to whom, theoretically, are dedicated to similar tributes. How can we know, the artists of the illuminations are primarily designers and carpenters, and then electricians. They do everything themselves inventiveness forms to build the wooden frames, to place the bulbs of different intensity and power, assembling and disassembling the ‘decoration’, considering those used to implement it fully, we would lose the account. On average, employees work about 18-20 hours a day, moving completely from one country to another. But after all this hard work to mount, here, the thousands of colored lights stand out in the clear summer nights cleverly embedded like gems that recall the work of a Lombard or Byzantine gold studded with precious stones, where the wooden structure disappears. It's all color and line, assayed by mastery of color and elegance with style, in a burst of light. At this point I should describe the elements used to use it if it does. From the first structures that still remain as the «galleria»  and«cassarmonica», have come to create new structures that have taken the name of «spalliera», «frontone», «rosone»and other pieces that can be used to fill gaps, such as «campane», «stelle»,«candelabro». All these new furnishings, with the passage of time, have emerged as fixtures.   

An art called Light

There are dreams that tell stories and stories that tell dreams. This is a story that make to dream million of people around the world. This is the story of Cesario De Cagna and his sons Giuseppe, Erme Hermes , Boris and Herry. Together they form a company that spreading Light around the globe. Theirs is a different Light, various, artistic. It’s an art called light. Already, because Cesario with Giuseppe, Hermes, Boris and Herry are the L.C.D.C or ‘Luminarie De Cagna’ with seat in Maglie, in Salento. They are the life force of an company that ‘spreading’ his fitting futuristic of light worldwide. The light is the principal subject of the company.  The real creative medium able to pinpoint the perfect geometry of buildings and art forms. The light of the Luminarie De Cagna design space, atmosphere, sensations. Exciting,creates an imaginary load gradients, of different meanings, of thoughts. Is a light that goes beyond the natural boundaries of space and time. Is a light that can make people dream, thanks to striking relationship between light and architecture, light and art. Art and architecture: together so that light becomes a sweet poem and not merely a technical function. A light that has ancient origins, regarded as the most important art and above all more special holiday in Puglia, precisely the illuminations that- with ‘galleries ’ , ‘frontons, ‘cassaermoniche ’’, ‘chandeliers’’, ‘collars’- decorate the squares, the courses and the streets of the country on holidays. A story that make dream, was said.
A long story that has beginning in 1930, when the luminarie were on carbide and oil, because they did not use the electricity. It was the great master Cesario to illuminate the streets and squares for the first time, in 1965 with electricity. He, alongside his father, brought a renewal in the natural systems work of the Luminarie remained artigianal, but they became more luxurious thanks to the design and construction of the autonomous. Single ispiration: the baroque of Lecce. The story goes on in 1985, when Cesario is joined by his son Giuseppe and the luminarie De Cagna are exported all over the world for religious or civil manifestation, fashion shows, fitting shops, shopping center and not only. Within a few years, Cesario De Cagna, together with their sons, becomes ambassador of Salento in all the world thanks to fitting lights to Houston Texas in Amerika, to Japan in Wakayama, Kobe and Tokyo, in Valencia, in Netherlands, Paris, Istambul, to Busan in South of Korea, Daego and Seoul, to Pyongyang in North Korea, in the most popular location in northern Italy like ‘Quadrilatero’ della moda in Milan. And many other places like Taipei City (capital and also the largest city in Taiwan) where the company has been called to decorate streets and squares in occasion of the Chinese New Year 2011, realizing an particular construction and in the name of tradition with bows, rosettes and collars illuminated by thousands of coloured lights, incurred by the characteristic wooden poles. A version that immediately captured the attention of the Chinese and especially the media who have immortalized on website, on Television and newspaper in the majestic parature of the company of Salento. In particular, the L.C.D.C shows, giving the best of their professionalism to Eindhoven in Netherlands , for the ‘Glow Light Festival’ and to Valencia, in Spain, for the ‘Fallas Sueca’. Here professionalism, mastery, art and passion become one to give emotions that you can not describes with words. Installations that remain in the history of luminarie, subject to all national and international media. Not only in Valencia and Eindhoven, but also in Salento and in particular Scorrano, home of the ‘Master of decoration’ of Salento. There, every year from 5 to 7 July, in honour of Saint Domenica it makes a great demonstration of luminarie. Majestically artistic structures of light illuminate the main street and squares, attracting thousands of visitors and tourists. The 2010 edition, for Cesario and his sons is the year of change, time to reap the benefits of a natural, as necessary, evolution of traditional jobs, but always in step with the times, anticipating trends with professionalism and great technology. The exhibition was made majestic, imposing, never intrusive, on the contrary, fine delicate and elegant embroidered fabrics, light, harmonious colours on chandeliers and collars. A construction rooted in school life, but that brings us back to the art of Salento, unbreakable bond, but with a deep look into the future. This is the story that makes you dream, today, millions of people around the world. This is the story of Cesario, Giuseppe, Ermes, Boris and Herry artists and masters of light, great professionists with passion, love and dedication will provide an experience, suggestions and ‘pomes of light’. Always.