· Ten great format bronze sculptures will serve as guardians at Victoria Tower Gardens from January 14th to February 15th, 2011.
· Nuestros Silencios becomes a part of the City of Sculpture Festival 2010/11, organised by the Westminster City Council.
London, January 6th 2011. Is this Stonehenge at Westminster? Are these Outer-space giants from a science-fiction story by H.G. Wells? Nothing of the sort. This is Nuestros silencios, a monumental public art installation by Mexican Sculptor Rivelino, which has been touring Europe and has now arrived to its sixth and penultimate tour date: London.
Nuestros Silencios will be exhibited at the Victoria Tower Gardens, located next to the Houses of Parliament, which have been catalogued as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The Gardens are located in a riverbank overlooking the Thames, which runs from South Westminster to Lambeth Bridge.
During 2010 Rivelino’s Nuestros Silencios has been presented in five European Cities as part of the Mexican Independence Bicentennial celebrations, these cities are: Lisbon, Madrid, Brussels, Berlin and Rome, all of which are renowned metropolises, “nevertheless London, and specifically Westminster, will prove to be the jewel of the crown for this exhibition, and will not go unnoticed during its stay” as Councilman Robert Davis, Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council, pointed out in his message for the English version of the exhibition’s catalogue.
We should mention that Victoria Tower Gardens hosts important outdoors sculptural works such as Rodin’s “The Burghers of Calais”, the statue of British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, who had a major role in conquering women’s right to vote, and the Buxton Memorial Fountain, which commemorates the abolition of slavery. “This sculptural art celebrates social and libertarian values that are in full agreement with freedom of expression, which is the concept behind Nuestros Silencios” said Rivelino, the very first Mexican sculptor to present a monumental public installation in London.
The authorities of the Westminster City Council have been working on taking advantage of their unique public spaces through the City of Sculpture Festival, which started a year ago. This event seeks to exhibit the work of the best local and international artists, offering a platform for their work so the thousands of people that visit Westminster on a daily basis can see it.
Nuestros silencios is a monumental public sculpture installation that features ten three-dimensional pieces of great format (3.50 x 2.30 x 1.20 meters with a weight of one ton). They are made of bronze using the “lost wax” technique and white and ochre patina. The bodies are covered with low and high relieves, free-interpretation texts covered with seeds and plants. The sculptures also feature a metal plate covering their mouths symbolising the importance of individual and collective freedom of expression.
The idea of freedom of expression is a subject of permanent relevance that goes beyond aesthetic topics and encompasses politics, culture, social and personal issues, and is also related to other ambits such as freedom of the press, self censorship, copyright, intellectual property, the free flow of information on the Internet, Human rights, Public Order and protests, an also the gradual erosion of the public space.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Embassy of Mexico in the United Kingdom, the Westminster City Council and The Royal Parks have participated in this sixth and penultimate presentation of Nuestros silencios in London. The inauguration will take place on January 14th, 2011 at 12:00 pm and will be attended by the authorities of the three collaborating institutions.
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights. In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. Text by Steve Smith.