Juan BARAJA b.1984

Juan Baraja


As you make your way through the cathedral, in an almost inexplicable manner, you are filled with pride, with a subtle patience and feel a heartbreaking rush toward that deep heaven that is promised by so many, running away from the carnal whilst desperately seeking to find the divine. Without these purposes in mind I move ahead through the cement factory, finding places that have to do with the idea pursued in the Christian temple, that are far from the religious concept, but more relevant to the formal aspects of the building. Once the wall loses its supporting function, the idea of verticality and the large spaces achieved in the Gothic cathedral are repeated in the architecture of the cement factory for purely technical and functional reasons. The highest sections of the factory are almost forgotten spaces, full of heavy machinery and covered by a thick layer of gray or white dust, and respond to the eager search of the faithful to find the ethereal and superhuman up there.

Juan BARAJA, Catedrales, 2010

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