58 springs have passed, with May bringing vibrant colour to the Jewish district in Girona. The flowers blossom atop the old stones, refreshing the city.
The intervention in the yard of Sambola House is an implementation of the traditional elements that are part of Girona’s collective imagination:
- The flies, saviours of the French siege of Girona.
- The curtains that flank many doors, unforgiving barriers for the flies, their musical chimes welcoming us.
- The lavender that has scented the Mediterranean lands since humans first dwelt there. At 13 Força Street, flies circle relentlessly but the golden curtains will not let them pass. They filter the view of the interior, varying its transparency according to the position of the viewer. The continuous sound of the curtain as people pass through, fuses with whispers about what they believe to glimpse. Beyond the vibrant limits, the curious eyes dis- cover the blooming lavender fields, which keep the pesky insects away. The curtains are placed to redirect the gaze to the architectural elements of the courtyard. It becomes a place of discovery and recovery, a vibrant backdrop, an improvised photocall, a bucolic setting, a place for inhabitation, and the games of children.