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Eternity Ring, 1991

One of Miralda’s most celebrated and longer-lasting works is Honeymoon Project. Made over a period of six years – from 1986 to 1992 – in over twenty cities around the world, it consisted of a series of ceremonial actions celebrating the imaginary and symbolic wedding between two emblematic monuments on either side of the Atlantic, the Statue of Liberty in New York and the monument to Christopher Columbus in the harbour of Barcelona. Located on the same latitude and of similar age, they symbolise the exchange of products, ideas and traditions uniting the Old and New Worlds since 1492.

Miralda galvanised thousands of people into generating and participating in over forty actions representing the different stages of a wedding ritual.

In this same context, Eternity Ring (1991) was a present from the city of Birmingham and the Ikon Gallery: an engagement ring reproducing the crown of the Statue of Liberty, with its characteristic spikes. It was decorated by jewellers from Birmingham with twelve back-lit Perspex diamonds representing the number of members of the European Union at that time – the crown of the Statue of Liberty has seven spikes in a reference to the seven continents and seas. The inside of the circle was transparent and showed hundreds of rings on a human scale offered by the people of Birmingham to the bride and groom on the day when the engagement ring was delivered. The work in the MACBA Collection shows this ceremony, which began with the ring being transported on a horse-drawn carriage, then on a boat round the city’s canals, until its arrival at Centenary Square where it was officially presented.


Technical details

Original title:
Eternity Ring
Registration number:
2888
Artist:
Miralda - Parouty, Anne
Date created:
1991
Date acquired:
1999
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Media
Media:
Single-channel video, colour, sound, 14 min
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Copyright:
© Antoni Miralda, VEGAP, Barcelona
It has accessibility resources:
No

The MACBA Collection features Catalan, Spanish and international art and, although it includes works from the 1920s onwards, its primary focus is on the period between the 1960s and the present.

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While there are ideas about psychological and emotional developmental processes held within the sculptures I make, the things themselves are actual physical explorations into thinking, feeling, communicating and relating.
Karla Black