7000 sunflowers drying in Madrid, by BASURAMA
Today we show one of the last Basurama’s works: an interior landscape titled “Abierto por Obras” (Open for construction) . It has been extracted from a plantation of 7000 sunflowers cultivated by the neighborhood.
During the summer of 2016, the community of Ensanche de Vallecas area, on the southeast edge of Madrid, cultivated this useless land. An impossible public space welcoming everyone for a chat and a few sunflower seeds.
What was to be the main boulevard of the 60 meter- wide avenue is actually a secluded terrain vague of 350 mts long and 30 mts wide that has been standing there for years, waiting for a plan that is not to be completed.
This is one of the many leftover that the burst of the 2002- 2007 housing bubble left in Madrid. A bleakly heartbreaking and unsettling urban landscape, set out and reinvented as an agricultural landscape. It has become a meeting place, producing both crops and relations.
Among that leftovers of the new city, there are people living, who have decided to put their lives and their communities in their own hands, taking care of them and its public spaces. When the August ploughing comes around, the cycle of life and inflorescence gives way to space for life to be built and shared.
And the result is this art installation made of thousand sunflowers drying in an old slaughterhouse building. Where other corpses had hung before, today there are drying plants. It can be a good reflexion of nowadays society.
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