Santander World (Urban Sculptures) by JOSE ANGEL CICERO TORRE
2014 - 2015, Platinum A' Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Award Winner
The spirit of this project was to involve the city of santander with artwork to celebrate a sporting competition on a global scale, in the same way as other projects, such as the cow parade.
Santander World is a group of sculptors that celebrate art and wanted to involve the city of Santander (Spain) in preparation for the World Sailing Championship Santander 2014. The project consisted in the union of five sculptures measuring 3.6 meters in height and with a base of 2, 5 m radius. They are made of a steel structure, treated for outdoor environments, by covering them with painted steel, all in solidarity with a concrete surface footing. Each of the sculptures conceptually represents each one of the 5 continents. Its theme is to represent peace, solidarity and goodwill among people of the world and shows Santander as an open city that welcomes everyone with open arms, regardless of race, sex, origin or condition . Each one of the artists worked with different aesthetic ideas and artistic techniques, as different as possible, to represent the diversity of cultures around the world. To symbolize the concepts described above, the artists have worked freely without conditions, to ensure the free and unique expression of their work
Design Challenges
The project met with the following challenges: The development of an ambitious and innovative art project (something that had never been done before) in a city unaccustomed to urban art. The transportation of the sculptures, due to their height and weight from the workspace to their final destination. The contracting of competitive companies to adhere to the project that could manufacture the metal artwork in an optimal finished quality. To manage a complex and innovative project with the municipal authorities.
Production Technology
The sculptures are made of steel sheet 3mm thick, protected by 2 coats of polyuretane paint and 1 coat of epoxy anti-humidity paint. This is considered an optimal solution for the protection of steel sculptures in adverse weather conditions. The inner assembly is sized to withstand wind currents in extreme conditions.
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