May 2010- Acrylic on canvas 50 x 70cm
This building is situated on top of a small peak & surrounded by a vast area of beech forest. I can’t seem to find much information on it other than that it was built at the start of the 20th Century for Pedro Ciga.
There’s something I find appealing & a bit romantic about ruined buildings- for some reason they seem to open up the imagination & you can enter into some sort of a time capsule. It’s quite an incongruous setting for any building & I rather like the way that nature is claiming it back.
On the other hand, it must once have been a very elegant building & it seems a pity for it to be allowed to just fall apart. I wonder if it will ever get renovated. My idea for it is that it’d make a good artists’ residence & a place for scientists to study the surrounding ecology.
At least that’s when I’ve stopped imagining sitting out on the terrace with a nice glass of wine, good company & watching the sun go down on a warm, balmy evening just as the bats are starting to come out & you can hear the first owls… Of course, we wouldn’t be going to work tomorrow or the next day & how we do the shopping doesn’t come into it either.