Small Italian village builds giant mirror to end 83 days of darkness (10 Photos & Video)


  • TracerBullet_PI

    100,000 Euros? WTF guys. It's 416 square feet. An 18"x22" mirror from walmart costs $25 (for 2.75 square feet, you'd need 151 mirrors to cover the same area). 151 x $25 = $3781 = 2,822 Euros.

    I don't care how special of quality they had to make it, I would expect a much larger mirror for 100,000 Euros.

    • ToTheVictor

      How much does wal-mart charge for their helicopter rental? It says “to build and install.” You should spend less time mathing and more time paying attention and using logic.

    • truth

      The population of that town is what, maybe 200 people? 500 euros from every man/woman/child to have a mirror that probably moves all over the place when the wind blows. I would think a small town like that would have found something else to spend the money on.

    • Tom

      things cost a lot of money to design/construct/ship/build/insure.

    • TitoRigatoni

      Yeah, I don't think you're gonna get a motorized mounting system with active solar tracking for that much though.

  • ancientlegacy

    They tried a different way first…
    didn't work out so well

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  • B and B

    Huh,….huh…….you said Viganella….

    Yeah, yeah, Vi-gan-el-la

    Hrmpfh, hrmph,….


  • Schadeboy

    From a photographer's perspective, NOT having the sun directly shining on your subject is something we like.

  • Amigo

    now we just need a giant magnifying glass and we can burn the town down…. pretty cool nonetheless, they should do this up in Nunavut.

  • we todd

    I wanna take a duckface pic in that giant mirror.

  • dirtysteve99

    Given it's an Italian official we're talking about, it's either just to warm his house, or a death-ray to use against opponents.

  • Anon

    Laughed hard at #10… Loved those episodes

  • http://TheChive AJ

    Things I most regret in life:
    #1. Watching that video.

  • Master_Rahl

    #8 Didn't Val Kilmer do something similar with a satellite in Real Genius? Although, the endgame was to pop a house worth of popcorn in a matter of seconds, but THAT'S beside the point.

  • Aran

    What noone ever thought to take the 100,000 euros and install some lamps…rather than have the 10 sq feet of sunlight it provides…

  • ben

    It would have been easier to build the town where there was sun than to try and move the sun.

  • _maxPain_

    I was thinking,,in a few years with earth declination since they builded the mirror just on the edge of visible sunlight,,they will have to undo the all shabang and rebuilt it a couple of meters up the mountain ?? DoH

  • boozehoundbjorn

    looks like vampire protection to me

  • Jameswastaken

    Hmmm…theoretically couldn't this be a major fire hazard?

  • Emzilla

    So… I live in Texas, and it's very flat here. This summer, in my home-town it was 113 degrees. They can move their mountain here. ❤ I would love the shade!! ❤

  • Nicnac

    All I got out of this is "German Buddhists" …

  • Eric

    #10 Nice touch!

  • KayMan

    guess they got tired of the seasonal vampires

  • Paul

    And the town was built there because?

  • saltytrey

    What was David Lee Roth doing there?

  • TitoRigatoni

    Was that the Mayor riding through town on a trials bike?

  • JHL1

    However as the sun moves across the sky, the reflected light will span across the village, so it's not actually only shining on one spot all day long.

    • Reinout

      You see a motor on the mirror, it tracks the sun like solar panels do so that the light remains on the same spot

  • Fuck

    Well guys. I just spilled my cereal milk over the edge of the bowl again because I can’t see. So instead of using electrical lighting of any kind I’m deciding to build a fucking mirror. Give me your money

  • Sven

    Impressive. It took 70 comments before someone resorted to using an obscenity. Congrats to “F*** says”. You are today’s lowest common denominator!

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