Prada has brought its Luna Rossa AC72 catamaran to Milan.
The 72-foot sailboat, which was among the finalists of the America’s Cup in San Francisco in 2013, has been installed in the Aero-Naval hall of Milan’s Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia (The Science and Technology Museum).
The catamaran, which was transported from Cagliari, Sardinia, and then re-assembled in the museum, will be on public display until at least the end of 2017.
“The presence of Luna Rossa in the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia represents a recognition of Luna Rossa team’s technical and design value and of its continuous ability to compete in this sector at the highest levels for more than 15 years,” said Luna Rossa team principal Patrizio Bertelli. “This boat has been one of the most extreme expressions in the history of naval design: half boat, half plane, it made sailing lovers and especially its team live exciting moments. We are more than happy to put this expression of the Italian design value at the disposal of the public, especially young people.”
Over the next few months, an interactive exhibition will be organized at the museum to explain the catamaran’s design and construction process, as well as to tell the story of the Luna Rossa team and the America’s Cup.
“These are one-off objects with a very short technology life-cycle and they usually end up stored in a hangar covered with dust,” said Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena. “So I’m very happy that it’s here now, in one of the most prestigious museums in its sector.”
The Luna Rossa team is now working in Sardinia to set up another new sail boat to compete at the next edition of the America’s Cup, kicking off in Bermuda in June 2017.