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...a candle is like art because it illuminates.
If I approach it, it illuminates me. If I look at it, it illuminates
me. If I touch the flame, it burns me. If I look at it from close to,
it only burns for me, like a secret. If I look at it with a friend it
illuminates us both, like a mystery that we share. A candle is like
art because it melts. It melts and loses itself as if in a dream,
without any reason, like all the good things we would prefer to
ENCENGUEM BARCELONA! - LIGHTING UP BARCELONA!
end to end of the Diagonal
|A SOCIAL SCULPTURE
Those of us who live in an urban space on a daily basis often have to put up with it more than we enjoy it. There are plenty of reasons for this: work, stress, audio-visual saturation, haste .. The LIGHTING UP BARCELONA! action wishes to give us the chance to marvel at what is right under our noses: a city-space full of possibilities. This is not, however, an exercise in passive contemplation, but something constructive, which aims at achieving a new, original point of view.
The LIGHTING UP BARCELONA! action wishes to
create a magical meeting point in which all the potential of the future
will appear. One of the vital motors of any society is its culture. To
light up this motor in a way which is collective, generous, unusual and
civic is, as I see it, a fine reaction to the time of great changes which
we are living through.
The LIGHTING UP BARCELONA! action offers Barcelonans the challenge of lighting up a candle for each inhabitant. The challenge should function as a catalyst which reveals the complexity of the social and associative fabric of the city.
The idea for this action came to me in Pokhara (Nepal), where I had arrived by bicycle after having left Barcelona, in 1984. During the Deepawali festival, in which all the city lights are switched off and candles are lit everywhere, this stunning sensation of suddenly being a part of the world was produced. I asked myself if I would be able to relive this sensation one day.
The LIGHTING UP BARCELONA! action is the result of this wish to share a collective, generous emotion, created by a civic link between people, associations and collectives within the framework of a city-space, and to transform it into an ephemeral, plastic event which will become a memory.