New artists are arriving in the color garden. Their smart take-over is welcome. Epicurs garden is a garden of education, a garden of art, a holistic approach, not to understand humans and nature as opposites but as unity in diversity. The garden experiences the great artists like Nora Valdez, who are active worldwide and give the project, the garden and the village of Cervera a sculpture. Likewise, the young artists come, the new generation of young people who will take over the power in a few years. The garden offers them a special kind of playground. They can try some handcraft activities and decide freely which activity they want to be part of, and with with fun. The garden as it is only offers space for development; it is up to the people to explore this space themselves and find out what is possible. The little and the smallest artists have no problem with that. They seize the opportunity directly and with full concentration. They watch others and do it. They observe, they try, they immerse themselves in the material and process. Doing things together is a space for them to develop. And they see the challenge as an opportunity.
The children stick colorful pieces on old ceramic plates from the ruins of the village Cervera dell Maestre. They are recycling valuable cultural assets. The ceramics come from houses from the last 500 years. There is a lot of energy in them, bound up in the manufacturing process. The reuse as an image carrier documents the respect for this material. This view is admittedly an adult view of things. But the natural handling and appreciation are immediately understood and adapted. And since the result, the altar of joy, will last a long time, there is also the chance of a return and a pause, to think about what happened back then, in the time of great change. The children’s hands immerse themselves in a 600-year history of the region and they build something that protrudes far into the future.
Dilan choosed an old wooden bean from the trash to give stability to the new roof. He carefully selects small natural stones that give the beam support and fix it in position.
Dilans work is a preparation for the upcoming next event in the color garden. Every family with kids is invited to join the event in the color garden. On the second weekend of construction work, the altar will be completed and inaugurated. Many small artists have announced themselves.
The color garden is a social art project. Contemporary art creates space for social interaction. The encounter with others becomes an encounter with oneself. The altar of joy stands at the entrance to the garden. It will attract the attention of the visitors. It will remind you of the creative young people and their time in this garden. And it will offer space for a pause, a moment of rest, and then move on and explore the garden.