Street Art Illuminates City's Broken Promise


| 6/12/2013 11:44:53 AM


Tags: Luzinterruptus, guerrilla art, street art, public space, Madrid, Spain, recession, economic crisis, visual art, Suzanne Lindgren,

 Luzinterruptus Rain 
In May, Spanish guerrilla art collective Luzinterruptus built a temporary memorial to a community pool. 

Luzinterruptus Rain long shotEight hundred glowing blue drops hang in space above cement, as if a cluster of giant raindrops were suspended in time, swaying as people move through them. The shimmering drops were hung by guerilla art collective Luzinterruptus to bring attention to one of Madrid’s threatened public spaces. 

The space is home to a public market, Mercado de la Cebada (Barley Market), and once held a community pool as well. When the city removed the pool in 2008 it promised another, but the space is now slated for redevelopment as a luxury shopping center.

Luzinterruptus Pool

A local group reclaiming the space in its current, semi-abandoned state calls it Campo de la Cebada (Barley Field). “We believe in the enjoyment of public space before spaces offered by private entities, in which consideration for dialogue and social relations between neighbors is hardly given,” the group writes (article in Spanish) on their site.

According to Inhabitat, Luzinterruptus memorialized the pool last year as well, filling salvaged plastic cups with blue water, arranged in a rectangle suggesting the shape of a pool.

This year’s installation, “Prophylactic Rain That Doesn’t Wet Anything,” hints at an unfulfilled promise of water, paralleling the city’s empty promise for a community pool. As Spanish newspaper El Pais reports, a city-funded redesign was approved in 2007 (article in Spanish), though the subsequent recession made funds to start the project scarce. 

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