Plaza del Revellín – Concéntrico 08
The project EXTRA-ORDINARY GATE, realized for the 8th edition of the Concéntrico festival in Logroño (Spain), is located in one of the most historically significant sites of the Spanish city and more precisely at the point where the Calle Marqués de San Nicolás, the way of the famous Camino de Santiago de Compostela, meets the defensive walls that used to surround and protect the city. Here a significant breach stops the continuity of the walls to ensure the passage of cars and pedestrians.
The project EXTRA-ORDINARY GATE suggests, through a temporary and extra-ordinary installation, a possible mending of the city walls of Logroño with the addition of a threshold-element that emphasizes the action of physical passage through the walls of a city. The portal, made of green painted wood, recalls the image of the temporary portals, built in the city of Logroño, during the Fiesta de San Bernabé as well as the shape of the nearby gate of Revellín, thus seeking a relationship not only historical, but also morphological and material with the city and the collective memory of its inhabitants. EXTRA-ORDINARY GATE introduces to a small square that is now an unsolved place of passage where people don’t stop. Here, through the insertion of a temporary staircase, facing the scene of the ancient walls, the square is transformed into an open-air theater where you can stop or watch performances and plays but also the everyday life. The project works in the dialogue between two elements, one that invites you to enter and the other that invites you to stay.