The Tree of Memory

The bombing of Barcelona commemorated by 3D mapping

Barcelona City Council will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the air raids on the city with 'The Tree of Memory', a multimedia projection on the façade of the Town Hall building in Plaça Sant Jaume.

Eighty years ago, Barcelona was subjected to intense bombing raids in the last months of the Spanish Civil War, when the national forces had conquered practically the whole of Spain and only a few pockets of resistance remained in Republican hands. The result was an episode of carnage that has gone down as one of the most brutal examples of butchery in the history of Spain in the 20th century. To commemorate this bloody episode and to ensure that its memory never dies, the city council is staging the Tree of Memory: an art intervention featuring video mapping, light and sound that will be projected on the façade of the town hall on 16, 17 and 18 March, recreating those historical events under the slogan 'We want peace, do not forget'.

This activity will be the first in a series that will later be programmed by the History Museum of Barcelona around the Civil War and the bombings. The most important event will be the exhibition A childhood under the bombs, which will be scheduled starting in July at the Born Center for Culture and Memory. To this activity will also be added the permanent activities throughout the year around the different anti-aircraft shelters that are still preserved in the basement of the city, such as the Refugio 307 or the Batteries of the Turó de la Rovira, where visits, school itineraries and even theatrical performances will continue to be made.

You’ll find more information on these activities in this dossier.

Publication date: Monday, 12 March 2018
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