The exhibition can be seen up until the 10th of January and includes the winning creations from a qualifying competition
As occurs the same time every year, the festivities herald the season for Christmas decorations: trees, Tió de Nadal (Christmas Log), shiny balls, lights and, of course, nativity scenes, or mangers. Bring out the moss, the tree trunks and the corks. Make your silver paper river and bring in the shepherds, Jesus, Mary and Joseph. This year, however, has also witnessed the first edition of the Alternative Nativity Scenes Competition, an initiative that called on architects, designers and creators in general to construct their own, unique versions of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.
The aim of the competition is to expand and refresh the traditional concept of the nativity scene while maintaining some level of connection with the traditional representation. In other words, participants are free to create miniature sub-worlds, introduce alternative cultural ideas, create imaginary architectures and reinterpret classic scenes. The competition is also intended to stimulate all age groups to create their own nativity scenes.
The winning entries are currently on display in an exhibition entitled Altres pessebres (Other nativity scenes), which includes a computer-controlled mechanical nativity scene by Adrià Pinar and Jan Mech which will be set in motion on Saturday the 20th at 6 pm, or the winning entry in the Professional category: a schedule which, by means of rotating projections of colour and light, displays the most significant episodes from the birth of Jesus.
The winner of the Students category is Tura Sanz, who has created a compass with an azure, star-studded sky.
All in all, an extensive range of innovative, lovely, charming and even technologically state-of-the-art proposals that add a touch of originality to the traditional Christmas celebrations.
Until January the 10th
Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya
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