Abstract sculpture honours Madrid victims

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23 November 2004, MADRID- An abstract "totem-style" structure of steel and aluminium will be erected in this Madrid suburb to honour the victims of the 11 March terror attacks on the Spanish capital.

23 November 2004

MADRID- An abstract "totem-style" structure of steel and aluminium will be erected in this Madrid suburb to honour the victims of the 11 March terror attacks on the Spanish capital.

Meanwhile, a transparent structure displaying many of the messages written by citizens after the attacks will be constructed in front of the Atocha train station, one of the scenes of the deadly bombings.

Simultaneous blasts in Madrid commuter trains at four places killed 191 people and wounded some 1,500.

The mayor of Alcala, home to many of those killed or wounded in the attacks, presented a model of the steel and aluminium monument to be erected in the square adjacent to the train depot.

The work, by two sculptors, will have as its centre "an abstract, totem-style piece, which will measure five metres (16 feet) high, will be made of steel and aluminium and will symbolize hope," said one of its creators, Jorge Vargas, during the presentation.

Also included will be "eight life-sized people - children, women, men and the elderly - made of copper that represent everyone in society who suffered that day," said the other sculptor, Miguel Angel Sanchez.

The work, he said, "should reach out to passers-by, inviting them to feel and reflect. It is definitively a meeting place."

At the request of families of the victims, the names of those who died on 11 March will be inscribed on the plaza's benches, the mayor said.

The winning design for Atocha came from the FAM architecture studio.

Promoters of the competition will work out the final design of the monument with the winners, and they hope to inaugurate the pieces on 11 March, 2005, in conjunction with the one-year anniversary of the attacks.

For the moment, the dimensions of the Atocha sculpture are still to be determined, but it will be a free-form transparent bubble, constructed with several different types of materials, including glass and methacrylate.

It will be illuminated with artificial light from inside and also reflect the sunlight throughout the day.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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