Mapei has joined the group of Major Donors of the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo and associates its own history, dating back more than 80 years, to the most important symbol of Milan. By joining the project “Get your Spire. Carve your name in History”, a fund-raising initiative launched in October 2012 by the Veneranda Fabbrica as a way of involving the inhabitants of the city - private citizens, companies and associations - Mapei is offering its support to the restoration work on the 135 spires of the Duomo of Milan, whose history has always been closely associated with the generosity of important families and illustrious patrons. A simple gesture but one that gives you the chance to associate your own name, the name of your family or the name of a company with one of the spires of the Duomo in need of care and constant maintenance and restoration work so it may continue to splendour above the Milan skyline, as it has done for more than half a millennium. The spire is chosen by the donor in agreement with the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, and their name is engraved in the marble as testimony of their commitment to support the “eternal factory”. Mapei has chosen to adopt a spire near the Central Terrace of the Duomo on the northern side. Its top is adorned with the statue of a youthful looking saint dating back to the middle of the twentieth century, thought to be a reproduction of a statue from the nineteenth century. The face of the statue has an intense expression and is turned three-quarters with respect to his body. Dressed with a drape that leaves his thorax and back uncovered, the statue’s arms are gathered on his chest, he is barefoot. Mapei’s commitment to supporting important cultural and artistic events and their solidarity with the city of Milan dates back many years: borne out of the firm conviction of Rodolfo Squinzi, who founded the company in 1937, that “work can never be separated from art and passion”. A conviction which, in recent years, has been clearly demonstrated through the company’s work on the refurbishment of the Teatro alla Scala, to which Mapei contributed by providing systems, cutting-edge products and expertise, a result of their commitment to research and innovation. The relationship with the Teatro alla Scala has been strengthened over years, starting in 2008 when Mapei became a Founding Member, and then again in 2016 when Giorgio Squinzi became member of the Board of Directors. And again in Milan, the company consolidated their collaboration with the Leonardo Da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology as a Technical Partner for the exhibition areas.