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Gentrification (expulsion of the standard inhabitants of a neighborhood), commodification (buy and sale of buildings as funding belongings, not for use)… that the phrases that outline the current of so many European cities are obscure doesn’t appear harmless. We have gone from struggling the air pollution, site visitors, noise and stress produced by cities – as a lesser evil to entry the alternatives they provide – to having fun with them – with the restoration, sanitation of rivers, pedestrianization and the return of public areas ―. We have additionally gone from visiting them as vacationers to having to desert them resulting from not with the ability to pay their lease. This coexistence: the citizen as a person of the town and as a vacationer in one other metropolis generates a troublesome coexistence that, in some cities, is already within the technique of regulation.

That is why it’s logical to speak and essential to denounce what is going on to us with irony and provocation. It is a curious phenomenon as a result of it occurs in our personal neighborhood, on our staircase, and we solely appear to see it when it impacts us instantly: when our lease is multiplied and we’ve got to search for one other house additional and additional away from the middle.

The Concentric Festival of Logroño has been seeding the town with architectural, design and creative interventions for 10 years. For per week, short-term jobs that typically keep open the door to a different means of utilizing the squares, streets, corners, steps and even the town's monuments. Many occasions they provide shade, seating. Others surprise, discovery, play, ornament. Some of the worldwide interventions are recycled and reinstalled elsewhere. Few stay. But all of them, all the time, assist to rethink the town. Not simply Logroño, any European metropolis.

Detail of Willem de Haan's intervention.
Detail of Willem de Haan's intervention.laurian ginitoiu

In this anniversary version, the Dutch artist Willem de Haan didn’t select a nook, a park or a road to intervene. He didn't search for an area. He took a component, the pedestal of the equestrian statue of Baldomero Espartero, and constructed a false constructing: a small house on the market. Lining the pedestal with plywood panels to guard it, he constructed a brick wall to construct a false home with a window, porch and satellite tv for pc dish. The provocation of blending the traditional glory that an equestrian monument represents with the denunciation of the true issues of the cities was blended, on this intervention, with astonishment and irony.

De Haan talks about city disaster, in regards to the metropolis on the market, but additionally about how historical past is written: it’s written by the victors. Like nearly all highly effective individuals, Baldomero Espartero is at present a determine that’s as applauded as it’s questioned. A supporter of Isabel II, in comparison with her uncle Carlos, after the dying of Ferdinand VII, he helped the regency of María Cristina de Borbón. He is credited with having mentioned that Barcelona needs to be bombed each 15 years. However, Juan Prim, who additionally fought towards the Carlists, provided him the crown, which he declined. Espartero ended up as ambassador to the United Kingdom. But he… had as much as 44 rural properties and two residences in Logroño. In each he had a vineyard. That is why the equestrian statue of him truly speaks of a private and citizen previous that’s typically unknown.

Construction of the work of Willem de Haan.
Construction of the work of Willem de Haan.Laurian Ghinitoiu

De Haan sought to replace that previous. He transformed the pedestal right into a denunciation and laid a walkway in order that guests to Concentric might, for as soon as, stroll over the pond-moat-that protects the statue and permits Espartero to journey by historical past.

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