Fontada, lighting festival in Olotunparelld’arquitectes
- Typologies Public space Artistic installation
- Date 2020
- City Olot (Girona)
- Country Spain
- Photographer José Hevia Roger Serrat-Calvó
If the French Impressionists immortalized refined petite bourgeoisie luncheons on the grass, many Spaniards followed suit with a more folksy flavor. The Catalan artists Ramón Casas and Santiago Rusiñol painted merry get-togethers with food and frolicking, many of them around fountains – the so-called fontadas – where people could relish the outdoors without giving up the pleasures of urbanity.
Amid the plane trees around the Sant Roc fountain – a wellspring that faces a semi-circular floor of volcanic stone beside the river Fluvià – a huge chandelier has been hung as part of a lighting festival, brightening up the wintry nights of the town of Olot. A total of 150 bulbs fixed to three concentric rings, using spools of thread shaped like truncated cones as diffusers, have the effect of recreating an urban salon for folks to gather in beside the Art Nouveau pylon of the fountain, this time under the auspices of a warm light.