The restoration of lampposts and street furniture has become synonymous with a cultural commitment on behalf of the characteristic image that renders each city unique in the world. The restoration of a cast iron artefact requires a study of the historical sources that have reached us via designs and photos. These philological studies have sometimes enabled us to create drawings from which to design anew the missing parts of the artefacts.

Something that struck us forcibly in the first cases, later confirmed by others, is the originality and exclusiveness of certain items, which were designed for a specific city and never repeated in another. This discovery brought added value to artefacts that were only apparently produced on an industrial scale.

The restoration work, for which the Italian Museum of Cast Iron provides the indispensable documentation to Neri company, aims to reclaim the original cast iron items both aesthetically and functionally. Restoring the original forms sometimes means reconstructing entire models or irremediably damaged parts, or reinserting elements that had been lost over the years.


The reasons for protecting cast iron artefacts  Raffaella Bassi
Restorations and reproductions   Antonio Neri
Stresa: the lampposts of the lakeside walk
Venice: restoration of the cast iron lampposts and pergola in the Royal Gardens
Florence: the Balconata of Piazzale Michelangelo
Firenze: the Lily Lanterns
India Gate in New Dehli: the major refurbishment of Raipath
Forlì: the lampposts of Piazza Saffi
Cork: the lampposts on St. Patrick Bridge
Giulianova: the refurbishment of the promenade
Bologna: new light for the porticoes
Lima: recovering history in the name of innovation
Imola: lampposts for a monument
Enna: the lampposts of the cathedral
Sulmona: tradition is not to be touched except to upgrade it
Benevento: imposing lampposts with swan-neck arms
Martina Franca: lights in the alleyways
Favignana: the restoration of the Florio veranda
Chiavari: lights for two piazzas
Livorno: the Terrace on the sea