Later on, the show will be seen in the rest of the open-air exhibition spaces to make the figure of Pere Mª and his legacy known to all citizens
The show of tapestries bequeathed by Pere Mª Orts i Bosch can now be seen at the new Espai d’Art Urbà El Campo
An image of El Campo neighborhood in the 60s taken by ‘Quico el Fotografo’ identifies the new Espai d’Art Urbà
The photographic exhibition of tapestries bequeathed to the people of Benidorm by the jurist, writer and historian Pere Mª Orts i Bosch can now be seen in the new Espai d’Art Urbà El Campo. An open-air exhibition space situated in the heart of this traditional neighborhood, between Pescadors and Amanecer streets and which is distributed through the stairs that connect with Elche Park.
The mayor, Toni Pérez; the Councilor for Historical Heritage, Ana Pellicer; members of the Corporation; residents of El Campo and other neighborhoods of Benidorm; and the nephew of Pere Mª Orts i Bosch, Vicente Ibáñez, among others, attended yesterday afternoon the opening of the exhibition, which is part of the commemorative activities of the centenary of the birth of the former Adoptive Son of the city and its Official Chronicler.
Toni Pérez recalled that the original tapestries, six large canvases that were made in the Royal Tapestry Factory commissioned by Pere Mª himself, are installed in the Plenary Hall of Benidorm City Council and collect various passages from the history of the Kingdom of Valencia.
Now, through this photographic exhibition that reproduces and identifies each of the tapestries, "this collection reaches the streets so that the people of Benidorm know the legacy of Pere Mª Orts i Bosch and also his figure". The mayor announced that after passing through the new Espai d’Art Urbà El Campo, the exhibition will travel to the rest of the open-air exhibition spaces in Benidorm to bring ‘lAny Pere María Orts i Bosch’ to all citizens.
Toni Pérez pointed out that this exhibition is one of the commemorative activities of this centenary, for which an official logo has been made by the local artist Miguel Bayona, present yesterday at the opening of the exhibition. The logo, included in the muppis of the exhibition, will be used in all activities and communications related to l’Any Pere Maria Orts i Bosch ’.
On the new Espai d'Art Urbà El Campo, yesterday the mayor stressed that with it the cultural offer of Benidorm is expanded and one of the most emblematic neighborhoods of Benidorm is valued, named since the beginning of the 19th century “for its close to the cemetery, to our Cementeri de la Mare de Déu del Sofratge ”, and inhabited by fishermen and sailors.
In the design of this exhibition space, a nod has also been made to Benidorm's recent past, to Benidorm in black and white, with the permanent installation of a snapshot taken in the 1960s by Francisco Pérez Bayona, ‘Quico el Fotografo”. The photograph, captured from the pier, shows a fragment of El Campo neighborhood before urban development and will serve to show and make Benidorm known to the public for decades.
The image, reproduced on a large canvas, presides over the stairs that link the neighborhood of El Campo with Parque de Elche; a point that, after the refurbishment work done by the adjoining hotel and with the new Espai d’Art Urbà and its backlit muppis, “is recovered for the public, gaining in image and luminosity”.