LES SORRES X. A MEDIEVAL VAIXELL
The museographic project for the Sorres X wreck was, from the beginning, a sort of coincidence that allowed the project solution to come naturally. The place destined for the project, within the Maritime Museum of Barcelona, is situated in the western part of the complex, next to some windows that allow the space to dialogue with the medieval wall canvases outside, contemporary to the boat on display.
The bed of gravel that was at the base of the wall between the windows and the medieval architecture is proposed in the project “entering” the museum as a liquid seabed that will serve as a kind support for the wreck, in an almost mimetic way as it was found and excavated by archaeologists in the 1990s, thus serving as a support that respects the piece to be exhibited to the maximum.
The rest, the agitated sea of sheet metal that serves as a limit to the visitor, is a continuous metal, naval construction material of 15mm thickness that folds in harmony with the pre-existing architecture, serving as a support for the graphics on walls, being drilled to allow the accommodation of display cases, They are out of phase like gills to accommodate lighting, folding like waves to protect the archaeological piece, serving as a graphic support on the pavement to guide the visitor with graphic medieval marine references indicating north-south, as the nautical charts once did to the sailors.
This exhibition was inaugurated on February 25, 2019, after the recovery and conservation tasks. The boat was found in Castelldefels in 1990 during the construction of the Olympic Channel and dates back to the second half of the 14th century.
Along with the exhibition of the remains of the Sorres X boat, two boats from the early 20th century are on display which allow formal analogies to be established with the medieval boat. These boats are the caro d’art Papet, from 1907 and the sailing boat Madrona, from 1924. The exhibition is completed with various panels explaining the world of sailing in the 14th century, together with a graphic of medieval inspiration, a model of the Sorres X boat on a scale of 1:20, fragments of a jug that transported the wreck, the remains of the contents of the jugs made up of preserved fish (fish vertebrae, shells, scales), a fragment of the jug with the seal of origin and an audiovisual showing the restoration process carried out by the Museu Marítim de Barcelona.
This intimate relationship between the architecture of the sea of Sorres X and the architecture of the city and its wall to the west, allowed a harmonization and summary of the whole of Barcelona in medieval times.
LES SORRES X
Emporia Awards 2019 National Ephemeral Architecture Awards - Mention for the best installation of a non-travelling ephemeral exhibition
Client: mmb, Museu Marítim Barcelona
Location: mmb, Museu Marítim Barcelona, Spain