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Under the Bridge

A project by Fernando Abellanas

When Fernando Abellanas discovered the graffiti-covered bridge in Valencia, where he chose to install his new studio, it suddenly reminded him of the feelings of isolation, peace and protection he experienced during childhood when hiding, during a family event, under a round table covered with a long tablecloth. To make his vision a reality, he had to build a metal and plywood apparatus and attach it to the top of an underpass. After climbing inside, he uses a crank to wheel the box to the top of the opposite wall.

Since the art nook was installed without permission from the city, Fernando prefers not to reveal its exact location within the city. Anyway, he is well aware that it’s only a matter of time before the authorities dismantle it or it’s raided by someone else. While this space may not be permanent, he plans to build others like it around the city in secret.

“It is a personal intervention that tries to put value in these type of spaces. It is also about recovering those sensations of the huts we used to make as small ones. To stay isolated but at the same time close to our house, the city.

Fernando designs furniture and lighting under the studio name Lebrel.

www.lebrel.org

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