Rhea Marmentini - El Dragon de la Calderona - Donate
|El Dragon De La Calderona is an experimental land art project, 350 square meters art studio and gallery, structure designed and built by Spanish, Hungarian sculptor Rhea Marmentini over an eight year span from 2005 to 2014. Constructed just above the little town of Gilet, outside Valencia, Spain in the Calderona Mountains. It is a harmonious integration of architecture and nature within the mountain forest inspired by the architectural style of the world renowned Antoni Gaudi.
Part of it's mission is to rehabilitate the land from the ravages and damages from an accent quarry that formally inhabited the site using a symbiosis between art and nature that is expressed in Marmentini's organic sculptural language. Her work is continually dissolving into the natural surroundings as the vegetation envelopes it. The Land-Art piece is in a continual transformation of integration with nature and becomes a reflection in the search to try to find, through harmony and equilibrium, a balance of differences and tensions between nature, the environment, and modern civilization.
The primary concern of the project is to inspire and educate, activating people to be more creative, aware, and environmentally responsible in all aspects of life. The project is an Arts & Nature Resource Center, offering art classes, shows, lectures, special events and recruiting artists, musicians, writers and scientists to contribute in various projects.
But a huge forest fire ravaged the area causing everyone to flee, leaving it uninhabited and unprotected for years, slowly dying due to weather errosion, Covid 19 pandemic and vandalism by souvenir seekers. It’s mosaic exterior being slowly picked clean and crumbling. But this is a lucky year for the dragon with your support of making a Donation for the renovation to bring the dragon back to life! Featured in Conde Nast Traveler, Nov. 25, 2021 and in Culturpaza Magazine, March 2, 2022.
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