TALCA, NATIONAL SCULPTURES CAPITAL
OUR UNIVERSITY PROMOTES THE IDEA OF RECOGNIZING TALCA AS AN ATTRACTIVE ARTISTIC HERITAGE CAPITAL.
May 12, 2017
One of the most important areas of the country for volumetric art is located at the Talca Campus to the benefit of the community as a whole. That is why our Academic Institution has proposed positioning Talca as the national sculptures capital, with a heritage that increases the aesthetic value in the field.
Here is the only National Sculptures Museum in Chile, with its Park of the Sculptures and the Lily Garafulic Hall with its small-format works, created not only by the vision of the University towards art, but in large measure by the confidence that the artists themselves have in our Academic Institution.
The park possesses 33 works in large format and there is already a new sculpture, "Cosmic Clouds," by Cristina Pizarro, soon to be inaugurated. "There are few institutions that have more to offer in the field of sculptures", stressed President Alvaro Rojas.
In this regard, he said that behind the sculptures center there is a systematic and progressive effort that has allowed the accumulation of relevant works at national level, both in small and large format. "It is a work that we have not done in the back to artists, but jointly with them. They have been very generous with this public university. They understand that here there is a special sensitivity to the artistic subject, and our focus is on the sculptures."
"I think that, in general, visitors to Talca, will find important to have the possibility to come to our campus and understand that sculptures have a capital and that it is the University of Talca," emphasized Alvaro Rojas.
This initiative is supported with the announcement of new projects. One of these is the creation of another area for sculptures, in a place close to the cafeteria. "There will be the new building for the Institute of Chemistry and there will be a central space where we want to have a plaza of sculptures, whose design we asked for to some architects. We have the offer of a monumental sculpture to install it there and we are going to convene other artists to fill that space not only for sculptures, but to the coexistence of students with art. We want them to have aesthetic sensitivity and feel that art is part life, as indeed they feel today," remarked the president.
More Than a Campaign
For Marcela Albornoz, the director of Artistic and Cultural Extension, the concept to become the national capital of sculptures, goes beyond the national presidential campaign moment and it is a permanent objective, with the aim of sharing one of the great cultural heritages of the country. She added that this project "contemplates the sum of regional forces to export the brand of the Region by associating it with the University and its artistic and cultural capital as a art campus".
May is a month associated with the commemoration of the historic-cultural heritage that is part of the university with a variety of activities, one of these was the exhibition of a video about Lily Garafulic, presented by the niece of the sculptress, Gloria Garafulic, who came from New York for that purpose.
In addition to the installation of the Cristina Pizarro’s sculpture, the third Museums Night is being prepared, which will take place on May26, from 19:00 to 22:00 hours. It is a journey through the cultural spaces of the University that includes a visit to the exhibitions at the Extension Center using the tourist bus of the municipality from the Plaza de Armas square toward the Campus Talca.
Marcela Albornoz stressed that a specialized guide will accompany visitors through the tour by the Sculptures Park and the Lily Garafulic Hall and, in closing, the La Trueca band will give a show with Latin American roots music at the Bicentennial Great Hall.
This program has all the attractions to celebrate the Heritage Day and, in addition, to emphasize that Talca has the conditions to be considered the National Sculptures Capital.
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