In December 2010, a French Architecture and Landscape office Oglo‘s La Muñeca project were selected by the Municipality of Allariz, Spain, to be built for the 2011 Allariz Garden Festival with the theme ” Fashion in the garden”, regarding the industrial textile past of this old village of Galicia. The garden just opened to public and could be visited during summer, until November.
+ Design statement by Oglo
Whatever culture fashion is part of, whatever time and place it refers to, its essence finds its roots in the characteristics of the human body. Only the being’s dimensions and proportions matter. Its peculiarities, its flaws, its disadvantages are sublimed by creation and become the assets, the basis, the nourishing roots of fashion. They structure its path, define its substance, and guide its function. Static and still when unworn, fashion transforms itself; it evolves in space once inhabited. It also shelters life. It takes over, welcomes and protects it. Once wrapped around the being, fashion, lifeless until then, comes alive.
After going across a thin plant screen, we slowly walk down through the flowers and the soil. An internal world is revealed; its soft curves cocoon and guide us. The plants offer as many smells as they do colors. Our senses are excited. We wrap ourselves into space towards the image of our condition, towards the structuring signal. Further below, sheltered from any hazard, we are taken in the center of the symbol and, unscathed, we contemplate.
Floor: Brick, scratched coat, white graval
Muñeca: Steel, sun umbrella canvas, paint
Plants: Panicum Virgatum, Miscanthus Giganteus, Lupinus Polyphylus, Santolina C., Phornium spp, Lotus Berthelotii, Muhlenbergia Capillaris, Penisetum Setaceum, Tagetes Erect, Dimorfoteca, Senecio Cineraria, Chalota Echalote, Buxus Sempervirens, Argyranthemun Blanco, Stipa Tenuissima, Santolina Chamaecyparissas.
+ Project credits / data
Allariz International Garden Festival 2011
1st Jury Prize
Architect: Oglo | http://www.oglo.fr/
Location: Allariz, Galicia, Spain
Project year: 2011
Project Area: 250 sqm
Client: Concello de Allariz
Project Team: Emmanuel de France, Arnaud Dambrine, Pauline Rabjeau
Production Team: Concello de Allariz, Emmanuel de France, Arnaud Dambrine, Romain de Braquilanges, Augustin Caradec, François Leite
Photos: Oglo (Emmanuel de France & Arnaud Dambrine)