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Past editions/2021/Reflexions.4 Alcalá

Reflexions.4 Alcalá
Antoni Arola

29, 30 and 31 October
From 8pm to midnight

Puerta de Alcalá

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Winner of the APDI competition

Within the framework of this festival, the Professional Lighting Designer Association (APDI) opened a call for ideas from its members. An external jury of renowned prestige selected this project by Antoni Arola as the winning piece.

Reflexions.4 Alcalá is a work in progress, a process of observation and experimentation with a purpose: to give life to forms created through light, by means of mechanical movements that give way to living projections. Giant animals, unknown species and a hypnotic hum are interconnected, creating an atmosphere of serenity and spirituality. An ever-evolving concept that comes alive in accordance with its context, the space and the emotions that arise, adapting to different realities, environments and cultures.

Winner of the 2003 National Design Award, Antoni Arola, with a unique perception of light, is on an eternal quest for beauty inspired by ancestral cultures. He is currently working on projects that, with great care, traverse the fields of art and design, where light and colour form the backbones of the invasion of space.


Puerta de Alcalá gate: one of the five former royal gates through which Madrid could be accessed. Designed by Sabatini and commissioned by Charles III of Spain in 1778, the gate was envisioned as a triumphal arch. The two façades that compose the Puerta de Alcalá gate feature differing designs. The side facing towards the city is simply decorated and features the four virtues of Prudence, Justice, Temperance, and Fortitude. The outer face of the gate boasts the royal crest and is ornately decorated to welcome those arriving in the city. The outer side of the gate represents war and the inner peace.

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