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February 6, 2023

City of Energy in Timisoara

Enel Romania celebrates 130 years since the inauguration of Timisoara’s electric street lights

Timisoara was the first city in Romania to use electric tramways, the city where the first newspaper in Romania was edited and the first Romanian city with paved streets. In this context, it is no longer a surprise that Timisoara was also the first city in Romania – but also in Europe – to have electric street lights on 12 November 1884. 731 street lamps were inaugurated 130 years ago, on November 12, completely transforming the city’s nighttime look, representing an example that was then followed by other cities in Romania and Europe.
On the 130th anniversary of the inauguration of Timisoara’s electric street lights, Enel offers one of its transformer points as support for a work of art dedicated to this premiere, as part of the City of Energy project. The point in case is located in Marasti Square, and has been transformed by artist Alex Baciu into a work of art that eulogizes the innovation inaugurated 130 years ago, as well as the city’s uniqueness on the map of Europe.
The visual transformation breaks out of the classical patterns of street art, including elements and techniques that integrate the transformer point into the urban landscape, elements painted with fluorescent paint that will illuminate at night just as the more than 700 street lamps used to do 130 years ago.
In Timisoara this is already Enel’s third transformer point painted as part of the City of Energy project, after a similar work made by plastic artist Flaviu Roua, known by his street name of Jones, was inaugurated last year, and in 2012 Alex Baciu and “The Orion” painted a transformer point. The latter’s theme was visual energy, namely that energy which we extract from all the things taking place every day.
At national level the City of Energy project has already reached its fourth year of existence, during which time it inaugurated over 20 transformer points in Bucharest, Constanta and Timisoara.
The City of Energy project made its debut in 2011 with a design competition which attracted already known artists such as Saddo, Sinboy, Pisica Patrata, Aitch, Noper and Kitra. The project continued with an exhibition of human-sized light bulbs, creatively painted by some of the most talented graffiti artists in Romania. It was a first step taken by Enel in order to fill Bucharest with color.

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