Paul VI Audience Hall

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The Paul VI Audience Hall, from the dome of St. Peter's, showing the photovoltaic panel roof
A model of La Resurrezione in the Vatican Museum.

The Paul VI Audience Hall (Italian: Aula Paolo VI) is a building in Rome named for Pope Paul VI with a seating capacity of 6,300, designed in reinforced concrete by the Italian architect Pier Luigi Nervi and completed in 1971.[1] It lies partially in the Vatican City but mostly in Italy: the Italian part of the building is treated as an extraterritorial area of the Holy See and is used by the Pope as an alternative to Saint Peter's Square when conducting his Wednesday morning General Audience.[2]

The audience hall is dominated by an 800-quintal (8 metric ton) bronze/copper-alloy[3] sculpture by Pericle Fazzini entitled La Resurrezione (Italian for "The Resurrection").[4][5] Intended to capture the anguish of 20th century mankind living under the threat of nuclear war,[3] La Resurrezione supposedly depicts Jesus rising from a nuclear crater in the Garden of Gethsemane and its dimensions are 66 ft × 23 ft × 10 ft (20 m × 7.0 m × 3.0 m).[5] The commission for the work was ordered by Count Galeassi in 1965; casting began at the Michelucci Art Foundry in Pistoia in 1972; the final sketch was produced in 1975; and the work was completed and inaugurated on September 28, 1977. The original work was done in polystyrene and the fumes of the burning plastic gave Fazzini a blood clot during its production.[4] It was restored over 3 months in 2011.[3]

On May 25, 2007, it was revealed that the roof of the building was to be covered with 2,400 photovoltaic panels, generating sufficient electricity to supply all the heating, cooling and lighting needs of the building throughout the year.[6][7] The system was donated by SolarWorld, a German manufacturer, and valued at $1.5 million. It was officially placed into service on November 26, 2008, and was awarded the 2008 European Solar Prize[8] in the category for "Solar architecture and urban development".[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Papal Audience Hall at Structurae. Accessed 12 Jun 2007.
  2. ^ Santa Susanna. "Request Papal Audience Tickets". 9 Apr 2007. Accessed 12 Jun 2007.
  3. ^ a b c Gambardella, Carmine & al. "[www.fonderianolana.com/?wpdmact=process&did=MS5ob3RsaW5r La Resurrezione by Pericle Fazzini in the Aula Paolo VI at the Vatican: The restoration of contemporary art by sacred multi-disciplinary dimensions]". Accessed 29 Apr 2014.
  4. ^ a b "For us every statue is a prayer". L’Osservatore Romano. 19 Sept 2012. Accessed 29 Apr 2014. (English)
  5. ^ a b Associated Press. "Fazzini Dies; Sculptor, 74". Schenectady Gazette, 4 Dec 1987. Accessed 29 Apr 2014.
  6. ^ United Press. "Vatican installs solar panels". 31 May 2007. Accessed 12 Jun 2007.
  7. ^ Catholic News Service. "Going green: Vatican expands mission to saving planet, not just souls". 25 May 2007. Accessed 12 Jun 2007.
  8. ^ Catholic News Service. "Vatican wins award for creating rooftop solar-power generator". 26 Nov 2008. Accessed 4 Dec 2008.
  9. ^ EuroSolar. "European Solar Prizes 2008". Accessed 22 Dec 2009.

Further reading[edit]

  • Bühren, Ralf van. Kunst und Kirche im 20. Jahrhundert. Die Rezeption des Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzils, pp. 314–317 and fig. 58–59. Ferdinand Schöningh (Paderborn), 2008. ISBN 978-3-506-76388-4. (German)
  • Cossa, Conny. Moderne im Schatten. Die Audienzhalle Pier Luigi Nervis im Vatikan. Schnell & Steiner (Regensburg), 2010. ISBN 978-3-7954-2344-5 (German)

Coordinates: 41°54′02.51″N 12°27′16.91″E / 41.9006972°N 12.4546972°E / 41.9006972; 12.4546972