Building an Art Paradise;The territories of Aldeaduero (Salamanca, Spain) have remained away from the view of the European Continent for thousands of years; and from its industrial development for hundreds of years. Those valleys and mountain ranges have been distant and silent for a very long time. But just now, a group of clairvoyant, local entrepreneurs, in those territories of Salamanca are bringing Aldeaduero to the forefront of the world.
Art and Nature – Angel Orensanz – An Art Paradise in Aldeaduero
Sculptor Angel Orensanz has worked in water front projects at the waterfalls of Sagadaira (Japan); in large urban parks like Holland Park (London), and the regional train station of Sarria in Barcelona. He built even a sculpture concept very similar to the one of Aldeaduero at the very entrance of his Foundation in New York, in Downtown Manhattan; where a small wood of steel tree trunks welcomes you to his building on Norfolk St.
Sculptor Angel Orensanz, to whom the mountains have been dedicated was recently invited by cultural leaders of these lands in Western Spain. He is helping them in their plans to craft a vision of an art paradise that maintains hundreds of years of tenancy of these lands and is now opening itself to a conscientious postindustrial population.
Cylinders at Aldeaduero – Work by Sculptor Angel Orensanz
Angel Orensanz is already at work designing concepts and elements that blend with the skin of the mountains, valleys and riverbanks around Aldeaduero. They serve as land marks in the crests and woodlands. He is building invitational sentries and pathways that excite the old and new visitors. The project is a flexible concept of cooperating and listening, stimulating and provoking new possibilities. His goal is to erect a few structures and ensembles out of observation and connivance, not out of a master plan or an ideology. Angel Orensanz has always been carrying his own internal dialogue with his birth territory in the Spanish Pyrenees, in the border with France.
The main goal is to enrich these lands with three sculpture concepts that Angel Orensanz develops with the support of a group of community leaders and turn it into an Art Paradise. One of his three concepts is a large group of vertical cylinders in concrete. They are no less than 27 units. They are located in several mountains tops and valleys. Angel Orensanz has developed as well a large star in wood with a radius of twelve meters long arms. The third element is a large ship that will not be displayed on the waters of the river Duero but will be accessible on the mountain top of a very high peak.
In a way, there is a similarity with the Park Guell by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona. Angel Orensanz lived for many years next to Park Guell and other buildings by Gaudi in Barcelona; but the syntax in Aldeaduero is very different. The totality of the open, wild forests, rivers and rock formations are an essential element of the park. The sculptures stress the in-built harmony of these lands. It definitely moves away from the model of the European urban Park, say Hyde Park, or the American model of Central Park.