Quella strana idea di spostare i monumenti
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: n.s. 2019, 2020
That odd idea of displace monuments
In the second half of the nineteenth century, during the development and realisation of the main monuments restoration, Don Vincenzo Barelli conceived the movement of part of the Cistercian cloister of the Piona’s abbey (LC) in Como city. The proposal, which will not be implemented later, is put forward due to the conditions of abandonment and degradation caused by the lack of maintenance by the owner (Sign. Giandomenico Gennazzini). Another particular story is that of the “Fontana del Cigno”, donated by earl Sebastiano Mondolfo to the city and built by Biagio Cantella, placed (1872) in Piazza Cavour. Immediately hated by the people of Como, in 1890 it was dismantled and then sold (1902) to Rockfeller. In a second time it was transported to New York and today it is still one of the symbols of the American city, finding its location near the zoo in the Bronx (since 1903).