Yemail Arquitectura – Antonio Yemail, Martín Jiménez
Plaza San Bartolomé – Concéntrico 08
At the heart of the project is the question of how to convene a citizen dialogue around the Plaza de San Bartolomé. A place where so many layers of contained histories can be activated with small gestures of resignification by different groups of neighbours.
In the context of this installation, collective memory is a vehicle to invoke new affections detonated by the transitory mediation of a structure that invites to be appropriated in different ways. As a free-standing object in the space of the square, it has an opaque and translucent presence depending on how you look at it: it is compact enough to provide shade for the attendees of a spontaneous stage that looks over the party wall of the San Bartolomé Church, animated with shadow play and projection. It can also be porous enough to allow itself to be crossed by unsuspecting passers-by crossing the alleyway of Calle Rodríguez Paterna, transformed in a particular way throughout the day by the effect of the light itself.
From the scale to the expression of this wooden scaffolding, they have a playful and festive character that evokes popular celebrations both near and far from the culture of Logroño. Its scenographic character is linked to an old construction method, based on the assembly of basic units of reused wooden frames that are added together to form a structural ensemble of great lightness and consistency. A tradition that speaks of trades that are very much alive in both popular culture and in the tradition of theatrical carpentry.