26 December 2022 – Croatian company Skira from Pula, which specialises in lighting design, had the honour of lighting this year’s Christmas nativity scene that is decorating St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican until 8 January 2023.
The impressive nativity scene shone brightly thanks to Skira during Pope Francis’ Mass at the Vatican on Christmas Eve (video below).
The “Christmas Nativity scene in the Vatican 2022” came this year from the northern Italian village of Sutrio, in the province of Udine in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region.
When the nativity scene was unveiled earlier this month, Pope Francis receive delegations from Sutri, Rosella and Guatemala, as well as award-winning Croatian designer Dean Skira and his colleagues Božidar Pustijanac and Godvin Poropat.
The collaboration on the staging of the birth of Jesus started from the recommendation of Italian colleagues who recognised that for the lighting of the staging of the birth of Jesus it is necessary to have competence in creative solutions and experience with technologically demanding projects in order to highlight the beauty and warmth of natural materials with light.
“Light is an important part of the Christmas celebrations, so our designer was especially inspired to contribute to the overall Christmas atmosphere on St. Peter’s Square. The light scenography that narratively accompanies and complements this year’s artistic interpretation of the nativity scene appear every night after dusk, like the star of Bethlehem after the birth of Jesus,” Skira said.
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Skira have worked on a number of award-winning lighting projects in Croatia and abroad, including for the London underground tunnels, Eurasia tunnel, the GTC Matrix twin office buildings in Zagreb and the Pula shipyards.