Star of the Marine is
a work in cor-ten steel and concrete and eight meters of high. It is
located in front of the captain of Badalona’s harbor.
The work is made of three large steel pipes that characterize the
sculpture, a large steel cube that serves as a base and many prisms of
concrete surrounding the pins. They come to suggest a sailing boat
crashed against the reefs, which still stands proud and right to draw
its shadow with the shape of a kite.
The work has been designed so that in the summer solstice at noon the sun’s shadow projected
by the sticks draws the star that is the logo of Marine SA –
which is in charge of Badalona’s harbor. This result is
observable with greater or lesser degree for a month and a half before
and after the solstice.
The sculpture is a work made by six hands. It is based on an initial proposal
of engineers Manel Espejo and Ivan Lago. In this proposal, the star
logo could only be seen from a bird's-eye view. They invited me to
colaborate and I proposed to amend certain aspects: add the cubes of
concrete and set the sticks and the whole work to draw the star of the
Marine with their shadows.
Stuck on the reefs,
with its lute wrecked
and its Latin sail ripped
it still stands proud.
The shadow of the mast
in the threshold of summer,
when the star declines,
describes on the cover:
the Star of the Marine.