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MUARCO – the message in a bottle

muarco - the message in a bottle
muarco – the message in a bottle

In spring 2014 CASAdelDRAGON inaugurated the color garden in Cervera del Maestre. The local spanish name is jardi d’colors / laboratorio d’artistes and refer the contemporary artistic approach of the garden area. Five years later the artist residence and think tank CASAdelDRAGON founded MUARCO, initiated by the artists Jo Pellenz and Juan Petry in 2019/2020.

What means museum in times of reconstruction – this is the question, and MUARCO is the place to discover that.

Juan Petry

As part of the groundbreaking ceremony the artists placed a message in a bottle in the foundation. Several helpers contributed with a message to the future.

muarco - the message in a bottle
muarco – the message in a bottle

One important goal for the museum project was from the beginning, to use as much as possible local material for the construction and the upcycling of materials. All the groundbreaking soil is re-used as mortar (mixed with cal).

muarco - the message in a bottle
muarco – the message in a bottle

The colorgarden is located in the region of Pais Valenciano. This region is famous for ceramic products and therefor the walls are builded with local produced bricks.

muarco - the message in a bottle
muarco – the message in a bottle

The foundation is also based on local gravel material.

muarco - the message in a bottle
muarco – the message in a bottle

The foundation is covered by a bitumen layer to protect later buildung and art in the exhibition space from huminity.

muarco - the message in a bottle
muarco – the message in a bottle

The morter is based on the local soil. The bitumen layer protect the wall from ground huminty.

muarco - the message in a bottle
muarco – the message in a bottle

Refurbished pieces of pallet wood are also used: upcycling as much as possible is the goal.

muarco - the message in a bottle
muarco – the message in a bottle

The screed in the basement will support even heavy artworks.

MUARCO, embbeded in the colorgarden of CASAdelDRAGON and part of the campus of UNIIE, the free university of informal learning, is the place for contemmporary art.

The critical examination of the museum as an institution is also an inherent part of the concept.