Disano lights up Leonardo’s Horse

Disano lights up Leonardo’s Horse

  • To mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, the city of Milan launched a project by Snaitech to celebrate the statue of Leonardo’s Horse placed at the entrance to the city’s horse racing venue, Ippodromo Snai San Siro.
  • Thirteen versions of the sculpture will be presented during the Milano Design Week and placed in prestigious places around the city.
  • Disano, the project’s technical sponsor, supplied the LED fixtures for the exhibition and the permanent lighting for Leonardo’s Horse statue.

The 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death is the opportunity to celebrate one of the greatest geniuses of the Renaissance, as well as a universal symbol of Italian creativity.

During the week of the Furniture Fair that will turn Milan into the world’s design capital, Snaitech, the company managing the San Siro horse racing arena, will launch a major project to celebrate Leonardo’s Horse statue, made in 1999 based on da Vinci’s original drawings, and today found at the entrance to the city’s horse racing venue.

The Leonardo Horse project sponsored by the Municipality of Milan has been officially launched on Wednesday, April 10th, unveiling thirteen versions of Leonardo’s Horse made by as many designers and artists. The different artistic interpretations will then be installed in different spots around the city as a symbolic way to mark the strong relationship between Leonardo and Milan.

The project also includes the creation of an augmented reality app that will allow users to download all the information on Leonardo’s places in Milan and the artists involved in the project directly on their mobile devices.

To illuminate the horse and the exhibition, Disano illuminazione, one of the most representative companies of Made in Italy lighting excellence, offered its most advanced LED products.

The permanent lighting system and the lights for the project

The lighting project for Leonardo’s Horse, signed by lighting designer Massimo Marzorati (GA & Partners), is based on two elements: warm light with a colour temperature of 3000K drawn onto the large bronze statue from spotlights installed at a height of 8 metres, and the RGBW lighting system for the arena’s architectural structure, which turns into a sort of scenic background.

The lighting system is entirely made with Disano’s LED spotlights (Cripto LED, Podio LED, Floor LED RGBW, Rodio LED RGBW and Sicura LED RGBW) and includes the use of lighting control technology (DMX). The permanent lighting system replaced the previous infrastructure incorporating metal halide lamps.

Massimo Marzorati explains: “To illuminate the Horse statue, I took inspiration from Leonardo’s research on light and shades. In addition to cutting down consumptions, LED technology allowed creating a system where light can be controlled at different levels. This added a sense of movement to the lighting project. Moreover, with DMX controllers, Disano spotlights can be used to create special lighting effects during events.”

Disano’s spotlights will also illuminate the thirteen versions of the Horse that will be exhibited at the racetrack during the Milano Design Week and then placed in several spots around the city. The Municipality of Milan announced the event to be among the most important ones of the “Leonardo 500” initiative.


  • Posted by Redazione
  • On April 18, 2019
Tags: Leonardo, Milan, news


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