This Awesome Art Installation In Valencia Was Burned To The Ground On Purpose


'Ekklesia' is an incredible installation created from 96,000 wooden parts, as well as cardboard tubes which have the appearance of metal. A focal point of Valencia's Fallas festival this year, the installation was named after a democratic assembly in ancient Greece whose members met between annual elections. The columns of this modern installation were printed with many political messages, as well as with people's own messages in order to encourage political debate. 


The installation stood on an ornate mosaic, which was based on the Valencian Nolla Mosaic that was lost in the 20th century. The reason behind the reproduction of the mosaic, was to remember lost heritage as well as to stress that innovation should be based on tradition. Many people, such as neighborhood groups and children assisted in the creation of the mosaic so it was a real community effort. At the close of the festival, the installation was burned to celebrate the arrival of spring. Thankfully the images below live on.

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