At the gates of paradise

Controversy during the presentation of the door project that the Liceu will install in the porch that gives access to the theater.

At the gates of paradise

Controversy during the presentation of the door project that the Liceu will install in the porch that gives access to the theater. They were conceived by Jaume Plensa, but the controversy has nothing to do with the fact that he was the chosen artist but with the statements made by the artistic director of the theater, Víctor Garcia de Gomar: “In a space that is paradise , the Gran Teatre del Liceu, coincides that at the door we sometimes found hell. So, looking for an analogy, it was necessary to protect this space so as not to be complicit in many things that can happen here, from people stabbing themselves to heroin, people sleeping because they have no other place ... And we ask the City Council to go to another place. But when they don’t want to go anywhere else and stay here… Then situations like rape, prostitution, and so on. We find a difficult situation to sustain at the gates of paradise.

Deputy Mayor Jordi Martí asked for a correction: "No cultural facility is paradise, it is a mirror of what is happening outside." Garcia de Gomar apologized on Twitter: "My statements were not fully collected and I apologize if this offended anyone. Sometimes a shady and unhealthy space is created in the inner space of the porch. "

The doors of the Liceu will therefore be a new example of hostile architecture. We talked about it a lot when the bank branches put spikes on their ankles to keep the homeless from sleeping, but the practice is old. Many church porches were fenced off for the same reason, and in the 19th century, sloping reliefs were built on the corners of cities, so that if anyone tried to pee on them, they would splash out. Even today’s paper, glass, or plastic containers are a showcase of hostile design, with small mouths to keep people from getting big objects into them. Hostility is rampant. See if the Lyceum should use subterfuges now.


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