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Palm Wind


Whistle Wind is an installation result of the scholarship and artistic residency realized under the direction of Povera art teacher Jannis Kounellis at the headquarters of the Botín Foundation of Santander (Scholarship of plastic arts 2009 Fundación Botín de Santander).


The work carried out during a few weeks, revolves around the different sounds produced by the wind whistles when they collide with the leaves of the trees and the palms. In the surroundings of the Villa Iris mansion (headquarters of the foundation), where the residence was held, there were colonial palm trees that, due to their location in the upper area of a hill facing the sea, were constantly in motion due to the scourge of the winds .

The incessant sound caused by the wind generated an acoustic diversity of whistles and sounds of great intensity that varied in tone and intensity. The work transports one of the palm leaves knocked down by the storm and dried by the cytological conditions inside the foundation. This is shown inside a large wooden frame of 2'5 x 2'5 meters, between two large windows that framed the Bay of Santander in the background and interlaced with hemp ropes. The work transported an element of open spaces within the exhibition hall. The paradox delves into the impossibility of catching the wind, of capturing an abstract element and presenting it under an inborn appearance. The leaf of Palmera faces the own sounds that the wind generated, basting a dialogue between the outside of the enclosure and the interior through a tangible element.

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