Botanical Garden, Barcelona
How can we transform a space in three hours? How can a simple gesture modify the perception of a space, disappearing shortly afterwards without a trace? The celebration of a wedding on a rented public park gives an excuse to think ephemerally. The project is a minimal intervention, based on the placement of tables, which seeks to alter significantly the perception of an existing architectural space. The intervention is a single line that reinforces the qualities of this space whilst generating a new reading through its attributes and idiosyncrasy.
Therefore, the tables are placed building up a single linear object, such as a snake that wiggles next to the water. Lighting is fundamental. A linear succession of candles outlines the zig-zag axis of this object located within the vegetation. The irregular blinking of the immaterial lighting generates unexpected effects and reflections. The necessary participation of the guests to light the candles as the breeze turns them off is intentional. This momentary lighting is the pacemaker of the installation; an installation that is conceived to be ephemeral. The intervention transforms temporarily a public space and reconfigures it to construct an unusual scenario, a theatrical set. Use and sense of space are rapidly transformed by a low-cost intervention; by means of architecture the use of a consolidated space can be altered temporarily, providing a 24hour program to very specific public facility.
Clara Solà-Morales with Eduardo Cadaval