Some of my recent posts have been all about the special exhibit at the Center for Contemporary Art here in Sevilla. You may remember that the property was originally a monastery built in the year 1400. Gardens, separate chapels, and other structures were added over the centuries that followed. And then, in the mid-1800s, the property was purchased by a Brit and a major ceramics factory was built amid the existing structures. Finally, in the late 20th century, it became the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art). Mostly gardens and structures this post… with just a tiny bit of art thrown in for good measure.
|19TH-CENTURY FIRING OVENS (BRITISH STYLE).|
|ONE OF THE OVENS WITHIN A CONTEMPORARY GALLERY… AND WITHOUT.
(ADELA IN BACKGROUND BROWSING THE EXHIBIT.)
|THE CLAUSTRILLO (“LITTLE CLOISTER”). BUILT IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE 15TH CENTURY.|
|CHAPTER HOUSE, INTENDED FOR THE MONKS’ MOST IMPORTANT MEETINGS.
CEDED AS BURIAL VAULT OF RIBERA FAMILY, MONASTERY PATRONS.
IT WAS A CARPENTRY WORKSHOP DURING FACTORY PERIOD (BODIES WERE MOVED OUT).
|PART OF THE INTERIOR “SKYLINE.”|
|THE 16TH CENTURY CHAPEL OF SANTA JUSTA AND SANTA RUFINA.
(REMADE INTO A GARDEN PAVILION DURING THE FACTORY PERIOD.)
|ARTWORK: THE “BLACK PEARL” CURTAIN COVERING CHAPEL ENTRIES.|
|IT CREATES A WONDERFUL EFFECT FOR VIEWING MY FRIENDS.
(UNFORTUNATELY, IT’S MADE OF BLACK PLASTIC BEADS; NOT REAL PEARLS.)
|THE BACK OF THE CHAPEL/GARDEN PAVILION.|
|ALMONDS ON A TREE.
NEAR A LARGE ORANGE ORCHARD (BITTER ORANGES FOR MARMALADE).
|TOWER AND TWO (DECEASED) WATER WHEELS THAT USED TO PROVIDE WATER TO GARDENS.
THE GARDENS ARE IN NEED OF AN INFUSION OF MONEY.
|SADLY, THE WATER WHEELS WEREN’T THE ONLY THINGS DECEASED THAT DAY.
(TWO MOURNING DOVES FLOATING IN THE STAGNANT WATER.)
SEVILLA’S NEW 40-STORY OFFICE TOWER RISING IN DISTANCE.
|THE TREE, HERB, OR PLANT CALLED PHYTOLACCA DIOICA OR, SIMPLY, OMBU.
THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN PLANTED BY THE SON OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS
(WHEN COLUMBUS’S REMAINS WERE KEPT AT THE MONASTERY).
ITS TOXIC SAP MAKES IT IMMUNE TO INSECTS.