Exhibited and sold in a limited edition
at the Art Fair ARCO Madrid, 2012
The Cultural Space El Tanque (The Tank) is former oil deposit that has been converted into a cultural space back in the `90s thanks to a minimal intervention designed and carried on by architect Fernando Menis. In its 15 years of history, the space became an icon for the cultural scene in Spain and Europe thanks to its particular features that allow a wide range of experimental performances and events. For its 15th anniversary, the Association Los Amigos del Tanque has invited the author of the conversion to be the author of an object that would celebrate the 15 years of successful activities. The object would have been exhibited at the Association’s stand at the Art Fair ARCO 2012 in Madrid. And Menis designed a ring made of concrete and Swarowski crystals using the round shape of the Tank as a starting point. The ring, as the author explains "is inspired by the shape of the cultural center of Santa Cruz, is a building in miniature" and the process of design and construction has followed patterns very similar to those followed at the time of designing a building, but in this case to a different scale.
The rings symbolizing the 15th anniversary of the Espacio Cultural El Tanque (Cultural Space The Tank) have been conceived and designed by creating a geometric and conceptual abstraction of the cultural space. For its preparation, the association Los Amigos del Tanque (Friends of the Tank) invited the architect Fernando Menis, who carried out the conversion of the oil deposit into cultural space back in the ‘90s, to design an object that recalls the building at a different scale. That was how the idea of a “Ring for a Building” has come out.
The rings, made of reinforced concrete, are one of the smallest pieces that exist in this combination of materials, and that are generally used in architecture. In this case, the materials have been studied and investigated to behave optimally in the small size of the rings, eventually designed and built as a small-scale building.
The rings, which are shaped like the groundf floor of the tank is adapted to the ergonomics of the fingers, studying the angles, materials, textures and finishes to achieve an attractive piece, comfortable and unique. The area of access to the cultural space has been translated to the ring by using Swarovski crystals that arise out from the concrete, symbolizing the particular energy that the semi obscure space of the tank hides. The large number of colors, brightness and facets that can take these jewels are intended to reflect the large number and variety of performances that have gathered in the tank during its the past fifteen years as a cultural space. The circular inner vacuum where all artistic manifestations occur, is preserved in the ring in shape and proportions.
Several tones combine in the same ring and in different rings, shades ranging from 9910 to 9932 NCS (Natural Color System). The sizes have been produced ranging from 14 to 19 mm, having made a large number of sizes 17 and 18, being the most common. The ring weight is 15 grams on average, while varying from 14'08 until 16'88 gr. and its volume is approximately 6'53 cm3
Original idea : Menis Arquitectos. Author: Fernando Menis;
Process of design and production of rings: Zuzana Tomecková;
Investigation and study about concrete: Pedro Serna, Esteban Camacho, Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología del Hormigón (ICITECH), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Lafarge
Support team: Line Beernaer, Isabel Nolte, Manuel Devesa, Bernardo Ramírez, María Ibañez, Antonio Martinez, Víctor Lledó
The rings have been exhibited and sold in a limited edition at the Art Fair ARCO 2012 in Madrid within the stand of the Association Los Amigos del Espacio Cultural El Tanque
The stand has been curated by Dulce Xerach