The brick furnace of Pisciotto Country, in Scicli: an example of "human disaster"

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The brick kiln Penna in Pisciotto Country, Scicli, is now a stately and elegant ruin by striking beauty, faded and mortified by the passing of time and by the neglect of man.The Beautiful scenery which formed the backdrop for the artifact, is now disfigured by illegal constructions and tourist villages with high receptivity; while the rocky outcrop from which one day stood the high smokestack, became "site of cinema", a bond that along with many others, in fact, have done little for the safeguard of this place.Time seems to have stopped in a night at late January 1924 (or 1926), when the whole factory was engulfed in flames of an arson fire that has stopped forever the flourishing productive activity.Nature has slowly regained possession of that area, invading the space occupied, at one time, by the walls crumbling by now. The relentless degradation and the bureaucratic delay did the rest: the majestic structure of the settlement slowly disintegrates and its white stones of hard limestone, composed with wonderful skill by the artisans of the time, return to regain the ground.Today the brick kiln Penna is one of the most interesting examples of industrial archaeology in Sicily. It is the subject of great cultural interest and endless polemics and quarrels about possible interventions aimed at recovering maintenance, restoration or only at the safety of the plant, but unfortunately private interests and administrative complications hinder and delay any initiative.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine10
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2017


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