Santiago de Compostela. 2011

In Memory of John Hejduk

In 2000, when construction of the Cidade da Cultura de Galicia on Monte Gaias began, John Hejduk, a friend of Peter Eisenman and one of the New York Five, passed away. The ill-fated architect designed two botanic towers for Belvís Park in Santiago de Compostela in 1992, which were never built. Later, Eisenman proposed to include it in the Cidade and built Hejduk’s project in memory of its original author. The towers, planned as a reinterpretation of the two Romanesque towers of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, were now transposed into Eisenman’s urban design as a commemorative monument. The intervention of Pamen Pereira, The Temperance Towers, aims to recuperate the use for which Hejduk had originally conceived them.
(Text published in the catalog of the exhibition Inside. I Encontro de Artistas Novos, organized by the Fundaci.n Cidade da Cultura de Galicia from December 16, 2011 to January 16, 2012).
The Temperance Towers, In Memory of John Hejduk. Hejduk Towers, Cidade da Cultura Galicia, Santiago de Compostela (2011).
Card of the Temperance, Tarot of Marseille
Exhibition curated by Rafael Doctor
Photography: Manuel Vicente
The Temperance.

Finally we have built an aerial greenhouse, a kind of vertical garden … with the “plants of the air”

The wind of the spirit blew very hard and almost carried me away. We got into the soul of the Torres and when working with subtle energies the artist does not know who is pulling the strings, and there are a lot. And then all the ghosts woke up … and the cleaning began. Now the Torres breathe, with systole and diastole, they have a strong heart that grows, blooms in spring and also sounds …

We gave his time two strong wings and revived his sacred space with serene geometry.

Pamen Pereira

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