MONUMENT TO FREEDOM.SCULPTURE COMMEMORATING THE BICENTENARY OF THE PROCLAMATION OF INDEPENDENCE

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Location: PAU-4. MOSTOLES (MADRID).
Owner: Ayuntamiento de Móstoles, Madrid
Design: José Enrique Fombella Guillem
Construction supervision: José Enrique Fombella Guillem
Date: 2007-2008

Móstoles town council and the Madrid regional government decided to launch a competition, open to architects and artists, to design and erect a monument commemorating the bicentenary of the popular uprising of 1808, which our team won.

Previous experience in the area over the years had enabled us to get to know the location and its value, and appreciate the atmosphere surrounding this event that has affected the town for two hundred years.

While being unlike the work usually undertaken by an architectural studio, the challenge was still within our scope since the symbolic content and form were not dissimilar from those of a building. The sculpture did not have a functional use, but it was an emotionally charged landmark.

Each and every one of the components designed and constructed has a meaning as part of the whole, which at times is explicit but is often less obvious, making the monument somewhat enigmatic.

The surrounding urban environment was also developed, not only to enhance the general landscape but also to address the complicated topographical challenges of the land on which the monument stands.

The sculpture was erected in record time using highly sophisticated technical resources and on a limited budget.