🌸️ Castell de flors

I've always wondered what those decorations on the tiles, on which I daily place my feet, were for.

Over time I have learned to notice how these decorations are mixed into the ground of the urban space without a precise spatial rule, without a precisely "logical" order but probably dictated by a certain "urbanistic flair".

However, looking for answers in history, I find that each design has a precise functional as well as an aesthetic value.
I discover that the "Panot del flor", Barcelona's icon, derives from a very specific need:
to collect the mud that was deposited on the city's pavements on rainy days, a fact that, at the beginning of the 20th century, had made the Catalan capital known as "Can Fanga" (the city of mud).

The design of these hydraulic tiles and the patterns that characterise them arose from a need, which was then transformed into an aesthetic/symbolic value over the years.

This time too, I had fun borrowing some tiles to modify their original structure and carry out what I wanted to identify as an “hypothesis of sculpture", due to its simple an ephemeral value.

Taking inspiration from the card castles I used to build as a child, I play with the elements of the urban space to provide new possible readings of my surroundings and to get to know the city that hosts me.







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