Thursday, January 7, 2016
Fire Extinguisher Inspection at La Fenice
On this last visit to Venice, we rented an apartment right behind the
renowned opera house "La Fenice" - famous for hosting premier performances of several composers.
The name of the theatre is quite symbolic.
From the 1770's to the 1830's, Venice lost three theaters to fire.
Even so, the theaters in Venice may have burned down,
but opera rose from the ashes in the aptly-named La Fenice.
Our English equivalent is "Phoenix".
Most folks think of a big city in Arizona, but the primary definition comes from Greek mythology, and describes a bird that rises from the ashes of it's own destruction.
We walked by the backstage docking area several times a day.
One morning, I spotted a guy doing inventory and inspection of the many fire extinguishers in the facility.
I knew that this deserved a photo.
I'm sure that every single manager of La Fenice has had fire at the top of his "not gonna let that happen" list.
Unfortunately it happened again in 1996.
In 2001 La Fenice lived up to her name, and rose from her own ashes.
It's no surprise that today they have a large collection of extinguishers now,
and they keep close tabs on the condition of each and every one of them.