Girona, Spain, 1993
Ajuntament de Girona
An urban square, real and symbolic center of a modern city.
A garden orders fragments of nature acording to its own rules in a limited, measurable space. Flower pots are urban gardens, Plaça de la Constitució is a flower pot at the scale of the city. The square recreates a similar grove of trees to those already familiar to Girona’s citizens. The grove grows on a gentle horizontal plane bordered by long polyhedral concrete volumes. This tectonic enclosure separates and protects the grove from the streets and defines the scope of this flower pot on an urban scale.
References and allusions, accentuating their recreational and surreal nature, are constant elements in garden designs. Hence the presence of Girona coins in front of the Bank of Spain, heads of carp from the Onyar River spitting rain, the narcissitic flies on the bare roots of the trees, benches with crests and megaphones with legs, the fountain of letters pouring into the four city rivers.
The girl that simbolizes the Constitution of Spain was born in Girona on the day of its promulgation. Every five or ten years, the conmemoration of this date will be marked by the creation of a new sculpture of the same girl by F. López, which will be placed next to the earlier version.
The square spread over the roofs of a car park with a concrete floor of green and grey diamonds. Elevations in the form of tiers are at the same time ventilation shafts.