Cammino di gloria


Cammino di gloria is a devotional machine with great symbolical meaning and emotional impact. The reflection within the whole project represents the value of Rose’s life as a living woman then and Saint nowadays; a masterpiece series which the body, still intact, makes it increase. It is about an important concept for Christian’s life because it represents the end of his walk of Faith; even for the most fragile and humble among all, as Rosa were. Cammino di Gloria assumes the symbolical value of supporting the life of Saint Rose of Viterbo and her spiritual ascension to Divinity; it is a condition from which she watch over her beloved city without ever abandon it, neither in Spirit nor Flesh. A walk towards heights which from the start of the first foundations of Christian religion learnt in family (little brick and pillar of Church) leads up to her glory in heavens, passing by exceptional events such as the found of her intact body – from the ancient “proof” of holiness of a deceased (even Dostoevskij quotes it in “Brothers Karamazov”) – it is a symbol of the imminent and certain resurrection, therefore symbol of redemption, incorruption, virginity. As for the Colonna Traiana or for Marco Aurelio’s one in Rome, through a statuesque project also encountered in Cammino di gloria, the stories of Saint Rose are represented on the exterior “skin” till the assumption of the didactic value of a film screen which recalls and excites the faithful. We recalled the magnificent and powerful shape of these great Baroque objects in a contemporary avant-garde way. The result is a worldwide unique object of which shape was possible thanks to the local handicraft of Viterbo and to the most modern technology. The base of departure of Cammino di gloria shape was suggested by San Lorenzo Cathedral’s flooring, in Viterbo, known for its beautiful mosaic decorations carpet also called “cosmatesche”.


Name: Cammino di Gloria / Macchina di Santa Rosa

Author: OFL architecture (Francesco Lipari, Vanessa Todaro)

Team: Francesca Marinelli, Golnaz Ebrahimi, Ruggero D’Anastasio, Felice Allievi, Sebastian Di Guardo

Engineering: DOF

Phase: International competition | Entry

Client: Comune di Viterbo

Location: Viterbo

Dimensions: 25 sqm (base) + 28 m (height)

Materials: Wood, Steel

Year: 2015

Render: ©Francesco Lipari