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War memorial for employees of the Cucirini Cantoni & Coats factory


icona War memorial for employees of the ...
Monumento ai dipendenti dello ...
Area: Piana di Lucca
District/Locality: Lucca
Address: Acquacalda (Lucca), zona industriale, interno dello stabilimento Cantoni Coats

The monument, originally situated inside the old Cucirini Cantoni and Coats factory, is now found on the corner of an internal alley. The work has a square marble base with dedicatory epigraph, on which stands a bronze sculpture of a soldier in uniform shaking hands with a factory worker with work clothes and tools (symbol of the alliance between the military and manufacturing worlds).
Date

24/05/1924
Inscriptions

PERCHE' VIVA/ SCOLPITO NEI CUORI/ IL LORO EROICO SACRIFICIO/ NELLA GLORIA LUMINOSA/ DELLA PATRIA AMATA/ 24-V-1924
(SO IT WILL LIVE/ ENGRAVED IN THE HEARTS/ THEIR HEROIC SACRIFICE/ IN THE LUMINOUS GLORY/ OF THE BELOVED HOMELAND/ 24-V-1924)
notes

The monument was originally situated in an internal garden. It was subsequently moved outside the nursing pavilion and is now found near the entrance. The monument was inaugurated on 24 May 1924 with a large ceremony. Over the years it has been object of several celebrations and official visits: comprehensibly as it was designed and made as a representation of the reconciliation between the military world (and the nation) and the world of work (and the proletariat). The attached photograph shows the monument on 31/05/2010 - last working day of the factory, that closed its doors after 120 years of production.

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