Cuban American artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada latest land art, ‘NOURISHING SELF-ESTEEM’, can be found in the fields of Estopiñán del Castillo (Huesca, north of Spain) as a moving tribute to the inclusive and integrative work of Fundación Crisálida.
‘NOURISHING SELF-ESTEEM’ phases one of a three-phase project. The artistic work is of an ephemeral nature and will change with the seasons and compliment the wheat field changing colours from April to October 2021.
This first phase of the artwork utilised the green colour of the wheat field, the tan colour of the soil and the dark tone of compost. The plot of land hosting the artistic work is a rural setting of Estopiñán del Castillo, a small town in Aragón, Spain.
‘Nourishing Self-Esteem’ respects the rural surroundings and reflects the reality of the bakery at Fundación Crisálida. The bakery offers an initiative for integration into the workplace of nine people with intellectual disabilities that coexist and work together, making bread, cakes, and croissants that they distribute in the local area and the region.
The two hands are of an adult and a child uniting. The hands represent the family, community, feelings of self-worth, and strength. Also, hands are tools that facilitate and sustain life. They are symbols of the power of creation, of balance between giving and taking, and the potential of all that we can manifest through the action of work.
With their hands, the community at Fundación Crisálida bake bread on a daily basis for their town and the towns nearby.
Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada created the land art along with Iris, Aleix, Martí, Cristina, Álex, David, Jacinto, Carina, Caroline, Jennifer, Esmeralda, Ana, Milla, Alén and many locals to create this work and will continue for the next six months with two more interventions.
Photo credit Ana Álvarez-Errecalde
Video credit Luis Campo Vidal / La Cúpula Audiovisual