Eudald Alabau

Eudald Alabau (CAT)

Biography

Eudald Alabau Selva (Ripoll, 1950), is an acclaimed visual artist who earned his degree at the Sant Jordi School of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona. Formerly a teacher of sculpture at the School of Art of the town of Vic, he has shown his work in different cities of Catalonia, the Basque Country and Roussillon. His  exhibition “El bosc dels sentits” (“The Forest of the Senses”) has been displayed in 14 municipalities around Catalonia.

In 2006, he took part in artistic experiences in Norway and Slovenia. Eudald Alabau’s Land Art projects can be viewed on his blog and on his Flickr pages. Many of his works, which are ephemeral, use natural and recycled materials, in defence of the environment.

Natural Bed

Work

This piece has certain connotations of performance and collective participation. The piece offers the viewers a bed, yet they have to be barefooted to get into it. In the bed, they will cover themselves with a bedspread made out of a crop woven in a mesh using different seeds, which portrays a view of prairies and cultivation fields.

Nature shelters man. This work sets out to depict the rural areas of the Catalan Pyrenees, paying homage to the tasks of the men in the field, who provide us with extraordinary landscapes.

Location

In the Ras Zone. Eudald Alabau will be there onsite between 14 and 25 September, for all the visitors who would like to know more about his work or who seek advice for their own installations in nature.

Spiral of nonviolence

Work

With the participation of the schools of Andorra, this artistic installation is made up of some 250 cartons of grain cultivation (oats), which the students prepare at home after the activities conducted in the Ras Zone.

Once all the Tetra Briks have been prepared, a geometric figure in an intense green colour and in the shape of a spiral will be built. The spiral evokes peace and non-violence. Inherent to this process are the concepts of group participation and the recycling of materials.

Location

This work will be installed at the Biennial Information Centre, which is located in the heart of Escaldes-Engordany, in the Clot d’Emprivat area.

Glass Cube

Work

A five-side glass cube, measuring 50 x 50 x 50 cm, contains a wooden box inside of it. Both pieces are separated by approximately 6 cm. In between them is a metallic mesh. Coloured sands are poured into this space of separation, gradually forming a sediment. Approximately half way up, cultivation soil is placed there, and on top of it all, the seeds of wheat or oats. The seeds are then covered with more soil and watered from time to time.

Over the course of three weeks, the stems grow upward and the roots grow downward. When the piece is disassembled, the roots hold onto the different soils and produce an interesting plant tapestry that is firmly held in place by the mesh. Hence, the viewer is offered a number of underground landscapes that evolve as the days go by, a nature that changes with the factor of time.

Location

This work will be installed at the Biennial Information Centre, which is located in the heart of Escaldes-Engordany, in the Clot d’Emprivat area.