Ring shaped mirror on grass
The idea behind this installation was born with my fascination with the circular unused fountains found in the lake at the Parc d’Espanya Industrial.
This ring was adopted as a base for my own structure using the same dimensions of the fountain itself. The structure was then covered with mirror thus allowing the ring to “discourse” with its surroundings.
The installation has an internal as well as an external discourse. The shape of the ring itself is very symbolic and has many significant internal references. An interesting article I found on the symbolism of the circle.
The external discourse of the ring with its surroundings is also to be taken into consideration.
As mentioned previously, the ring is covered with mirrors. These mirrors reflect the light, trees, people and the general ambient of the park. They bring what is “up there” to the ground – to the soil, grass and fallen leaves. Depending on the sun’s position, the mirrors either contrast with the earth by reflecting the illuminated sky and sun, or they blend in and become practically invisible, camouflaged in the dark.
A third discourse would be with the geographical location itself. The ring has been cut and assembled onsite to create the shape. The cuts are made to represent longitude and latitude lines.
This geographical discourse is reflected in the artwork’s name. The numbers 41.3777, 2.1416 refer to the project’s exact longitude and latitude in the park and the ring includes a marker that marks North.
The idea is to start a journey with this installation and create new discourses in new locations in other geographical locations, always pointing North.
The ring will be the same, the numbers will change, the discourse will evolve and each location will leave its mark on the ring’s surface.
Discourse [41.3777, 2.1416] is a site specific installation created for the first public exhibition I have curated called Artist Takeover Vol:1 in the Park.