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  5. Yael Reisner
  6. 2014
  7. Yael Reisner + Peter Cook Create Installation to Celebrate Democracy Through Marriage

Yael Reisner + Peter Cook Create Installation to Celebrate Democracy Through Marriage

  • 01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Yael Reisner + Peter Cook Create Installation to Celebrate Democracy Through Marriage
Yael Reisner + Peter Cook Create Installation to Celebrate Democracy Through Marriage, © Marcela Grassi
© Marcela Grassi

Text description provided by the architects. Created for Barcelona's BCN RE.SET festival organized this year by the Fundació Enric Miralles as part of the city's Tricentenari BCN celebrations, this installation by Yael Reisner and Peter Cook responds to the theme of 'democracy'. The design, titled "Take My Hand" takes inspiration from a number of factors - notably the location of the site outside Barcelona's Civil Registration building, and the idea that the protection of human rights and civil liberties is one of the fundamental tenets of democracy.

The installation is therefore designed as a space to be used in marriage ceremonies and a celebration of human rights through civil weddings. Reisner explains that "the option of a civil marriage in many countries opened new possibilities for interfaith marriages, non-religious marriages, and same sex marriages."

More on the installation after the break

Ceremony at the Take My Hand Installation © Marcela Grassi Yael Reisner at the installation of the inflatable canopy Yael Reisner & Peter Cook Celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary at their Take My Hand Installation + 6

© Marcela Grassi
© Marcela Grassi

The defining feature of the installation is the inflatable canopy, designed as a 3D manifestation of the Universal Human Rights Logo, adopted in 2011 as as a symbol to remind the world of these fundamental rights in any civilized society.

Ceremony at the Take My Hand Installation
Ceremony at the Take My Hand Installation

This logo is also imbued with an extra meaning in the context of marriage ceremonies, where the hand - as the focal of the tradition of exchanging wedding rings - acquires a particular symbolism. The phrase "Take My Hand" is also an important idea in marriage and is symbolic of companionship.

Yael Reisner at the installation of the inflatable canopy
Yael Reisner at the installation of the inflatable canopy

"The suspended inflatable structure is in the tradition of festivals and street parades along with its practical role of projecting a unique shadow that will move daily along the square as the sun moves in the sky," explains Reisner, elaborating on the role of the installation as a civic object. "Thus the two tenets of democratic behavior – the personal and the societal are brought here together, hopefully helped by the combination of a sympathetic Registrar and a joyous couple – taking the celebration out into the square."

Sketch by Yael Reisner
Sketch by Yael Reisner

And by chance, the first couple to 'take their celebration out into the square' were Reisner and Cook themselves, as the opening night of Take My Hand happened to coincide with their Silver Wedding Anniversairy.

Take My Hand is installed at the Placa de la Merce in Barcelona until September 11th.

Yael Reisner & Peter Cook Celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary at their Take My Hand Installation
Yael Reisner & Peter Cook Celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary at their Take My Hand Installation
  • Architects

  • Location

    Plaça de la Mercè, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Yael Reisner
  • Design Team

    Breanna Urquhart , Elin Schnipper, Ángela Bailén López
  • Inflatables Expert

    Quim Guixa
  • Engineer & Technical Consultant

    Albert Mas Pérez, m·a·e
  • Construction

    David Juarez Latimer, Straddle 3
  • Lighting

    LEDs-C4
  • Plants & Flowers

    Grup Roig, Barcelona
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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Cite: "Yael Reisner + Peter Cook Create Installation to Celebrate Democracy Through Marriage" 08 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/524892/yael-reisner-peter-cook-create-installation-to-celebrate-democracy/> ISSN 0719-8884
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