6 April 2013
Polifacetic artist Muma Soler uses candles to illuminate cities such as Barcelona, Girona, Córdoba or Lausanne with spectacular performances. The root of this ephemeral work of art are human relationships: Muma Soler coordinates more than a thousand volunteers to lighten up the drawings he composes all along streets and squares. The city then becomes a real Social Sculpture.
The last of these performances took place in Le Touquet (France) and we really ran out of words to describe its magic.
Just enjoy the video and the pictures!
17 March 2013
Before electricty reached most houses in Barcelona, when the night came the vigilant or sereno gave you a piece of lighten rope candle to light the stairs up to your door. The vigilant, who held spare front door keys to most apartments and shops, used to watch out for the barrio’s tranquility at night and he would carry this rope candle in order to cut it and light it up whenever a neighbour would need it.
In Cerabella we have turned this rope candle into a flexible birthday candle that can be cut into different sizes and given funny shapes to decorate the cake. Such a playful time before blowing out the candles!
3 March 2013
From our hands to your hands: candle handmaking procedures are slow and give us time enough to imagine how each candle will take part in other people’s life.
However, some questions remain unsolved: Which will be the special moment that each candle will illuminate? How will our candles look when your hands nicely display them?
2 February 2013
Today is Candlemas, Virgin of the Candles day, patron saint of candlemakers.
It is said that the origins of Candlemas or Celebration of the Light are found in the ancient Roman rituals of Parentalia. During this feast, little candles were brought to the necropolis in a procession in order to guide the deceaseds’ souls. Christians assimilated this celebration and Candlemas recalls the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, forty days after his birth. Traditionally, it is the Celebration of Light and protective beeswaxcandles are blessed for use throughout the year
Besides, February 2nd is also the exact date between the beginning of Winter and its end. First storks arrive, almond trees are in bloom and daylight starts to last longer.
In Catalan we say: “Si la Candelera riu, l’hivern és viu, si la Candelera plora, l’hivern és fora!”
(*”If the Virgin of Candles smiles, Winter is alive, but if she cries, Winter is over!”)