About 15 buildings can lead to Concordia being integrated into the Argentine Art Nouveau Route – Concordia

About 15 buildings can lead to Concordia being integrated into the Argentine Art Nouveau Route – Concordia
About 15 buildings can lead to Concordia being integrated into the Argentine Art Nouveau Route – Concordia
At the initiative of the Undersecretariat of Tourism and the Joint Concordian Tourism Entity (EMCONTUR), at the beginning of June, Pastrana and one of his collaborators toured a circuit of several buildings in Concordia, with the aim of evaluating whether the city has material to enter the Argentine Route of Art Nouveau.

Pastrana is a teacher of Electronic Arts and explained that “the Art Nouveau movement lasted very little, it was at the beginning of the century and it is very rare and highly sought after by specialists who love heritage and architecture, because it hit not everywhere. “, only in some places in America, as in the case of several cities in Argentina.

The teacher highlighted that he had already been warned “that Concordia had very interesting things, that’s why we went to explore it, we began a very intense search and we found an extraordinary heritage from this time, very rich, really high-level things; much more in quality and in quantity of what we and everyone else thought.”

This movement “is distinguished because it is a movement that tried to be very happy, very colorful, with many curves; He tried to break with tradition. Previously, it was copied, for example, from the Gothic, from the colonial, and all similar things were done,” the interviewee continued detailing.

Examples in Concordia

Particularly in the city, Pastrana stressed that he found many buildings with the characteristics of Art Nouveau, such as, “blacksmith work on the balconies, doors that have circles that are out of phase, very strange curves on the front; also architectural details like a sphere that has three lines down, like three drops; the presence of the woman, of the woman’s face but in non-classical conditions, but very happy, with half-closed eyes, enjoying life.” “The ceramics of that time, those that were fashionable and are fantastic, also with natural motifs, that is, nature was very present and very exact.”

Looking for a specific place in Concordia to highlight, the president of the Buenos Aires Art Nouveau Association pointed out to the headquarters of the Bishopric there in Concordia, on the corner of Corrientes and Pellegrini, “because it is exceptional from the outside and I don’t tell you anything from inside. The decoration, the pure and defined style, the richness and creativity of all the details, the main staircase, the doors are something incredible, all the details of the farm. It is a total jewel worldwide.

The Argentine Route of Art Nouveau

Pastrana pointed out that “there are cities beyond Buenos Aires, obviously, that have managed to create a circuit with this type of architecture and provide another tourist ingredient, if you will. We created the route with eight cities; There is Córdoba, Mendoza, Salta, Rosario, Tucumán, Bahía Blanca, La Plata and Buenos Aires. We continually make trips to these places, there is a structured circuit with attractions, there is tourism there and we present that abroad, that is why tourists are coming, especially Europeans who love all this.

In reference to the possibility that Concordia could integrate said route, Pastrana assured that “it has conditions; We are precisely with our entire board of directors and the specialists, seeing what status is given, because there has to be a minimum of construction, among other things. But we are considering that because it really was a surprise.”

To conclude, he indicated that between 10 and 14 constructions in Concordia with Art Nouveau influence were identified, “we have taken photos of everything and made a list; added to another 6 or 8 more, so we have a very interesting number and I understand that a good circuit can be made to do it on foot and explore.”

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