The Whisper of the Palm Grove
Susurro del Palmar (The Whisper of the Palm Grove) is the result of a detailed research into the effects of devastating natural phenomena. The first room shows three bronze-cast tropical plants depicting palm and banana trees in their majestic appearance. Their feather-like tufts are heavily slanted. The leaves as if whipped by a storm and the slim, shimmering trunks bent far forwards.
The title of the exhibition Susurro del Palmar comes from a verse by the Cuban songwriter and guitarist Guillermo Portables (b. 1911), famous for his melancholic and lyrical songs. For Los Carpinteros the sentence describes the still quiet wind before a natural disaster. In contrast to their installation Sala de Juntas, in which a whole office explodes in an installative snapshot, here the theme is not only devastation. Going a step further the focus is not destruction but the resistance and tenacity of objects that endure the capriciousness of nature. The bronze sculptures convey visually the roar and the boom of an implacable force of nature. Nevertheless, the proud trees are neither uprooted nor appear fragile. Radiating astonishing strength, the Hurricane plants have almost a mythical aura. They become heroes of tenacious resistance and metaphorically stand for the history of a country whose paradisiacal idyll has repeatedly been afflicted by political turbulence and natural disasters. It is the history of prudent endurance, which in spite of phases of deprivation leads to triumph in the long term.