Neon lights and water drops can be seen until the end of March at the Castle of Montjuïc

The Castle of Montjuïc will be filled with 'Light!'

For this art intervention, Francesca Llopis will work in collaboration with a number of the city’s artisans and artists

Those visiting the Castle of Montjuïc until 3 March will encounter there an art intervention led by Francesca Llopis that aims to raise the issue of memory and forgetfulness. Llum! , meaning light, is both the title of this intervention and the word that will be set up in the castle’s Parade Ground in the shape of an illuminated structure measuring 4 by 10 metres made of neon lights. This figure will be accompanied by seventy water drops made of glass, laid out around the battlements and other spaces in the castle, inviting visitors to look through them in an exercise that articulates visions, perceptions and feelings, metaphorically breaking through forgetfulness. The glass drops are of different sizes and are a direct reference to the morning dew. For Llopis, water is “a bearer of memories that reach us after its long journey through time and space. It’s purifying, organic and gives us life”. Visitors can caress the sun-warmed drops since, “in order to receive the comfort of the sun, it’s people who, with their senses, crate memories”.

According to Llopis, "the building’s architecture is essential to the development of the project. Its angular, linear structure converses with the sinuous, organic, humanised forms that the Llum! Project aims to bring to the castle". The same goes for the history of the castle’s construction, which is “full of memories and energies that must undergo constant revision”.

In order to carry out this intervention, the Barcelona-based artist is collaborating with a number of the city’s artisans and artists, as well as the experts in creativity in glass at the 40plumas studio.

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Publication date: Monday, 26 December 2016
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