"The Garden of Holiness / El Jardín de la Buena Dicha"
Temporary, site-specific, collaborative performance intervention in Soledad Torres Díaz de Acosta Square, during the Noche en Blanco (White Night) cultural festival, Madrid, Spain.
Curated by Noemí de Haro and Elena Medel, with the collab. of Belén Butragueño (B2B Concept)
The symbol of Madrid, the “bear”, is taken as a parasitic idea, reclining in its cement tomb, reclaiming another use for the capital’s squares.
From purgatory to paradise, for one night “El jardín de la buena dicha” will turn the central city square into a courtyard garden with the shape of the bear, icon of the City of Madrid, a place of rest like the kind only offered by the nearby cemetery "de la Buena Dicha". A green carpet (but also a green corpse) will replace the everyday grey of the zone, it will enable us to breathe with new lungs and it will reveal the complex reality of the setting.
A collective action that aims to reforest Plaza de la Luna through the cooperation and involvement of the local residents and the public attending La noche en blanco, who may participate in creating a colourful, spontaneous and diverse garden made up of thousands of plant cuttings from a variety of places. Passersby and vehicles will make the stone re-surface, but something will have changed forever...
Please inhabit the corpse. Enjoy it. Eat it. Believe.