Towering Metallic Installation Completely Constructed Out of Cardboard

The Fallas festival took place in Valencia earlier this year and visitors were treated to an impressive installation called Ekklesia by the socially-minded artist collective Pink Intruder. The towering piece features metallic-colored cardboard tubes that sit atop a mosaic design of 96,000 wooden pieces. The colorful mosaic pieces were based on the designs of Nolla Mosaic, a traditional Valencian ceramic that was lost in the mid-20th century. As for the piece's name (Ekklesia), it dates back to ancient Greece, and refers to a political assembly of its citizens. Like its title, Pink Intruder's creation represented a temple where citizens could meet, debate, and discuss ideas.

Viewers could easily enter and exit the sculpture, and its columns were screen printed with relevant political messages in an attempt to generate a dialogue among the visitors. This particular version also provided a platform for the giant cardboard structure. Those who walked inside could stand on the stage, look straight up, and see the fantastic, complex structure with an ornately-cut drop ceiling.

Ekklesia was not meant to be a permanent fixture in the city. As is tradition with the Fallas festival, the end was marked by burning the piece and welcoming the arrival of spring.

Pink Intruder: Website
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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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