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27 January, 2013

The ArtAids Foundation and Lawrence Weiner have created a new installation that is being exhibited at Mercat de Santa Caterina, Barcelona, and it will be exhibited at public squares in other Spanish cities. The project aims to raise awareness of AIDS and the stigma that surrounds it.

The ArtAids Foundation is presenting ‘FOREVER & A DAY’, a sculpture-bench that breaks out of the museum and ventures into one of Barcelona’s traditional produce markets, Mercat de Santa Caterina, before moving on to similar spaces in other Spanish cities such as Vigo. The installation goes hand in hand with an educational project targeted at market stallholders and customers, as well as workshops for high school students.

The project is a work by Lawrence Weiner (New York, 1942), one of the most significant artists of our time, renowned for his ability to create sculptures out of words that invite observers to reflect on things that initially appear unimaginable. In this case, he has created a sculpture that is also a seat, a welcoming spot in which to meet friends or rest a while, which ArtAids offers to visitors and customers at this local market that has become an international landmark since it was renovated by the architects Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue.

Viewed from above, the sculpture ‘FOREVER & A DAY’ is an ellipse with an equilateral triangle at its centre. To those who see it from the ground, its meaning is clear (it is a bench, a place to sit and rest), but it doesn’t seek to impose through its form or symbolism. A two-metre high triangular obelisk rises out of this elliptical bench, with an inscription on its upper section. The text is displayed in a different language on each of the three sides, Spanish, Catalan and English, with none prevailing over the others. It says: FOREVER & A DAY. PLACED UPON THE SAME PLACE AS ITSELF.

The project is sponsored by Banco Sabadell, and has the support of Barcelona City Council, the Institut de Cultura and the Institut de Mercats de Barcelona.

FOREVER & A DAY. Until early 2014. Venue: Mercat de Santa Caterina. Plaza Joan Capri. Barcelona. Opening times. Monday, 8 am to 2 pm; Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8am to 3.30 pm; Thursdays and Fridays, 8 am to 8.30 pm; Saturdays, 8 am to 3.30 pm; closed Sundays.