Sculptural Musical Chairs by Estudion MariscalJuxtapoz // Friday, 04 May 2012
We gave you oversized installation objects by Lilian Bourgeat the other day, which served as a sort of interesting take on over indulgence. Today, we found out about a recent public art project from Spain's Estudion Mariscal, featuring extremely large patio chairs displayed in front of the Valladolid Hospital in Valladolid, Spain. Quite amazing how they are arranged... as if after a long party, you just sort of threw the chairs back together and stored them away.
A statement from the artists:
"The first objective was to construct a space in which people can protect themselves from the external climate of the area and lighten themselves from the emotional load that a hospital visit or stay involves. It was based on an earlier artistic work by Mariscal in which he played with the semantics of the chair and its symbolic value. This gave rise to the pergola made out of huge scale chairs which make a shelter [from the sun] for patients, visitors and workers. Another aspect is the "challenge" of achieving its enormous dimensions; 170 m long and 12 m high, meaning that it can be seen from different perspectives, close to or far away, as a sculptural ensemble which, over time, will be a recognisable, well-known, neighbourhood, friendly image which will help to shape the hospital identity, but also the identity of the city."