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Life Electric, Como

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Life Electric (also known as The Life Electric) is a contemporary sculpture, dedicated to the physicist Alessandro Volta (1745–1827). Completed in 2015 it is located in Como, Italy.

Life Electric was designed by Daniel Libeskind, and was a gift to Como, the city where the architect located his “Summer Session” school of architecture, in 1988.

The sculpture was commissioned by the non profit association “Gli amici di Como”.

The design of the fountain illustrates the evolution of modern architecture that took place over the period from 1920s to modern days, with the emergence of Rationalism.

Libeskind's creation has carried on the tradition of contemporary art in Como, and raised its profile.
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  • This special statue was designed in 2015 by the famous architect Daniel Libeskind, dedicated to the physicist A. Volta. The statue itself is quite special as it's located in the lake, next to the...  more »
  • We found out more information about this upon our guided tour. It was very interesting to hear about the background of this monument and how it caused a debate in Como as it stands out due to his...  more »
  • Magnificent views of the sculpture, oldtown, lake and mountains. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Best time to visit early in the morning!
  • Interesting piece of sculpture to honour the most celebrated from Como - Alessandro Volta. A short walk in the lake to reach there. It gives a nice platform to see the downtown from the lake.

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