La Musidora ® is a colorful and interactive 90-foot-long installation designed by Hector Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena from ESRAWE + CADENA Studio, which seeks to continue the successful path of its predecessor pieces: Mi Casa Your Casa ® and Los Trompos ®. The project has been commissioned by the Denver Art Museum and inaugurated this summer on the esplanade opposite to the museum.
The initial inspiration that detonates the conceptual development of the installation is a public piece of urban furniture located in Merida, Mexico — the chair Tú y yo or Confidente. This object is made up of two chairs encountered face to face and designed for a couple to look at each other and talk.
Subsequently and as a second design axis, Mexican based ESRAWE + CADENA Studio’s intention is to have a dynamic woven piece that explores the idea of — swinging — with two clear objectives. First, relaxation and second, the possibility of an encounter between two people through movement who dialogue to establish a rhythm in common agreement. The third conceptual axis is sound. The linear piece of almost 30 m is the metaphor of a great marimba or xylophone. Each of the modules formed by pairs is equipped with a percussion mechanism that activates a system of bells that, when rocking, generates musical notes that go from high to low following the longitudinal direction of the installation.
The 20 people who are able to experience the piece at the same time can produce sounds in their individuality. Sequentially, they belong to a collective melody that reminds us that we are authentic beings that express in an individual way but also that belong to a diverse social system which moves in a communal system all in order to activate a common consciousness that makes us participate in something far greater.
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