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SpY Suspends Giant First-Quarter Moon In Madrid

Rubén P. Bescós

Famous for his work “Cesped” in Madrid’s Plaza Mayor, SpY surprises us once again with this proposal that marks the celebration of the 50th anniversary of man’s landing on the moon. The project idea is simple and recognisable. It consists of the reproduction of a first-quarter moon installed on one of the construction cranes of the fifth tower of the Caleido complex, in the north of Madrid.

 Moon Installation, Madrid, Spain / SpY

SpY’s proposal has been designed for Madrid locals as well as visitors of all ages who will be able to enjoy the work in a playful and direct manner, a milestone thus being created as well as a memorable experience through the gentle transformation of urban space.

The dates of the intervention coincided with 20th July 1969, a historic moment for mankind: when man first set foot on the moon. As the 50th anniversary of this milestone, the proposal commemorates this unforgettable moment with an intervention emulating a moon suspended from cranes under construction.

 Moon Installation, Madrid, Spain / SpY

Given the size of the cranes and buildings, the challenge posed was to create a moon large enough to stand out against the 4 towers and which could be seen from different parts of the city. The solution was to make an inflatable nylon moon with double stitching. It is kept inflated thanks to electric motors constantly pumping air inside and is illuminated using a high intensity LED system.

The aim of this proposal is to get passers-by involved in their city. Artistic representations like these make citizens artists, and artists citizens. They stimulate surprise, encounter, reflection; in short, they make art public for the benefit of all.

 Moon Installation, Madrid, Spain / SpY Moon Installation, Madrid, Spain / SpY Moon Installation, Madrid, Spain / SpY